Shane Bond played for New Zealand from 2002 to 2010. The right-arm bowler was the fastest in New Zealand in his time. His peak came at the 2003 ICC World Cup when he sent the ball flying through at 156.4 kph. Unfortunately, this gifted bowler was plagued by injury and managed to take only 87 Test wickets, 147 wickets in ODIs, and another 25 in T20Is. He is now part of the coaching staff at Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
This right-arm quick had the combination desired in a bowler; swing and pace. He debuted with a five-for in a Test match against New Zealand and went on to become the second-fastest bowler in his country’s history. He holds a famous record in cricket history as the only player to have a hat trick in all three international formats. His ultimate was the 156.4 kph ball against Zimbabwe in a 2003 ODI in Dubai. He took 85 Test wickets, 121 in ODIs, and 21 T20I wickets.
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Johnson is one of the most decorated cricket players in Australia and the world. He is one of the few bowlers who can also bat professionally. His fastest ball was against England on day three of the fourth Ashes Test in Australia in December 2013. As a bowler, he took 313 Test wickets, 239 in ODIs, and 38 T20Is wickets. As a batsman, he scored a century and 11 fifties. He won the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Player of the year in 2014.
Edwards is a left-arm quick, a relative rarity. His 157.7 kph ball came in the first year of his international cricket, against South Africa in 2003. He boasts 165 Test wickets and 60 of them in ODIs. He last played for West Indies in 2012, but still plies his trade in franchise T20 competitions.
Andy Roberts was part of the legendary West Indian quartet during the late 1970s and the early 80s. His fastest delivery of 159.5 km/hr came against Australia in Perth in the year 1975. Roberts was the first Antiguan who represented West Indies at the international level. He was part of the West Indies World Cup Winning squad in 1975 and 1979. The pace bowler picked a total of 202 Test wickets and 87 ODI wickets during his playing career for the West Indies.
Starc is one of the fastest bowlers in the world with speeds regularly hovering around 146.4 kph. He is famous for his fast, in-swinging yorkers. His fastest delivery was against New Zealand on the third day of the second Test in 2015. He has taken 244 Test wickets and 184 ODI wickets. He was part of the Australia side that won the World Cup in 2015.
Thomson was perhaps the most fearsome bowler in cricket in his career, spanning 1972-1985. His fastest delivery was against West Indies in Perth, 1975. Thomson and fellow countryman Dennis Lillee formed a duo that terrified batsmen in international cricket. He took 200 Test wickets and 55 ODI wickets. He was inducted in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2016.
Lee is one of the most impressive Australia all-format bowlers, with 310 Test wickets, 280 ODI wickets and 487 first-class wickets. He helped Australia take the 2003 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup titles. His fastest delivery was against New Zealand at Napier in 2005. He was the first cricket player to take a hat trick in Twenty20 international cricket.
Known for his erratic bowling, Shaun Tait didnt witness enough success at the international level for Australia. However, he was one of the quickest bowlers during the 2010s. He could only play three Tests and 35 ODIs for Australia between 2004 and 2016. He bowled his fastest delivery against England. The ball was delivered at a speed of 161.1 km/hr. The right-arm pacer even breached the 100mph barrier against Pakistan in a T20I game at Melbourne later in his career.
Known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar is the fastest bowler the world of cricket has ever seen. The right-arm pacer from Pakistan bowled the fastest delivery in international cricket during the Cricket World Cup 2003. Akhar, who always cherished bowling fast, clocked 161.3 km/hr against England at Capetown. His aggressive bowling and unique action always grabbed the limelight amidst all the cricket action.
Akhtar took 178 Test wickets and 247 ODI wickets during his playing days for Pakistan. He currently enjoys a huge fan following in his country and is widely appreciated for his analysis of the game.
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