Shane Warne’s “Ball of the Century” against England in the 1993 Ashes is a timeless wonder. Australian Warne had England’s Mike Gatting at sea with drift and spin, as he took on the Englishman’s stumps on his very first delivery of the series. It is a delivery that remains incomparable. Or he did it until Friday, anyway. Lancashire leg thrower Matt Parkinson decided to recreate almost the same delivery in their County game against Northampshire, at the same location where Warne delivered the original – Old Trafford in Manchester.
Bowling to Northampshire captain Adam Rossington, Parkinson threw it. The ball drifted to land on the outside of the leg, then spun sharply to beat the batter’s weak attempt to defend it and hit the stump.
Watch the magic of Parkinson’s here:
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Need a recall of Warne’s original for comparison? It’s here:
It’s been 25 years today that this ball!
Mike Gatting recalls Shane Warne’s “ball of the century” … pic.twitter.com/UqhRwyxraU
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Parkinson finished the round with numbers 3-49 as Northampshire was eliminated for 177 in response to Lancashire’s 305 in the opening innings.
Lancashire finished day two at 60 without a loss in their second set.
Warne’s “Ball of the Century” came in the Ashes opener of the 1993 series. Bowling to Mike Gatting, who was known to be very proficient against spin, Warne buckled it and made the ball drift and land at the outside of the leg, before moving past Gatting’s bat and hitting the top of the stump.
Speaking of this several years later, Warne said the delivery was “a fluke.”
“The ball of the century was a fluke. It really was. I never did it in the first ball of any time again. So it was really a fluke and I think that that was meant to be. As a footworker you always try to play perfect footwork with every ball and I managed to do that first which was pretty like I said, it was really a fluke, “he said.
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