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‘That’s a Jaffa!’ - Mitchell Starc’s ‘ball of the century’ leaves Twitter in awe

Mitchell Starc received words of praise from Wasim Akram and Shane Warne among others for producing an unplayable delivery to England’s James Vince during the third Ashes Test in Perth on Sunday.

cricket Updated: Dec 17, 2017 17:57 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Australia's Mitchell Starc bowled England's James Vince during the fourth day of the third Ashes Test with a wonderful swinging delivery. (REUTERS)

Australian cricket team fast bowler Mitchell Starc produced an unplayable delivery to castle England cricket team batsman James Vince off the second last ball of the 30th over in England’s second innings during the third Ashes Test at Perth on Sunday. (3rd Ashes Test report)

Bowling from around the wicket, Starc pitched the ball full and it swung late to send Vince packing, who was batting at 55 and had looked at ease against Australian quicks till then. (3rd Ashes Test scorecard)

Soon after this, Starc’s delivery became the talk of Twitter as the social media site went abuzz with cricketers and fans terming it ‘the ball of the Ashes’. Some even went on to dub it ‘the ball of the century’.

We have cherry-picked some of these reactions from present and past cricketers on Starc’s ripper. Take a look.

Starc’s dismissal of Vince left England staring in the face of defeat and also losing the possession of the Ashes at the end of fourth day’s play in Perth. After Australia declared their first innings at 662/9 with a first innings lead of 259 runs, England were 132/4 when rain brought an early close to the day’s place.

Unless rain washes out the last day, there is every chance of Australia winning the Test and regaining the Ashes urn after four years.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 17:50 IST