Perth: Australian paceman Mitchell Starc bowled what is believed to be the fastest delivery in Test cricket history yesterday on the third day of the Perth Test against NZ at the WACA ground.
Mitchell Starc of Australia bowls during Day Two of the second Test against New Zealand at the WACA on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Starc joined an exclusive club with a sizzling delivery, with the fourth ball of his 21st over clocked at 160.4 km per hour (99.7 mph). Only four other fast bowlers have officially been recorded to have bowled at more than 160 km per hour, but none of those deliveries were in Test cricket.
Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar holds the record with a 161.3 km per hour thunderbolt in an ODI against England at Newlands in 2003.
Australian pair Shaun Tait and Brett Lee were both recorded at 161.1 km per hour, in separate limited overs matches. The only other bowler to reach the mark was Australian firebrand Jeff Thomson at 160.6 km per hour, when he was clocked during a study into fast bowling at the WACA ground in 1976.
Starc's delivery was a yorker dug out by Kiwi Ross Taylor.
161.3 kmph: Shoaib Akhtar (Pak) vs England at Newlands in 2003
161.1 kmph: Shaun Tait (Aus) vs England at Lord's in 2010
161.1 kmph: Brett Lee (Aus) vs NZ at Napier in 2005
160.6 kpmh: Jeff Thomson during a pace study at Perth in 1976