Sports | 3 June 20165 of cricket’s fastest ever bowlers Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Ranked in the top 3 as one of the most watched sports in the UK (according to various sports websites that may or may not have made it up), cricket isn’t just a quintessentially English tradition that is played on sunny Sundays, it’s worldwide appeal has taken on the stature created by football and become a must-watch, must-play, fixture. With the International Series now underway, we’re taking a look at five players throughout cricket’s history that bowled over 90mph and can safely be awarded the title of ‘Fastest Bowler’, those that bowled so fast if you blinked you’d have missed it. Shoaib Akhtar As officiated in the Guinness World Records, Shoaib is the record holder for the fastest delivery of a cricket ball in history. Playing for Pakistan against England in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, his bowl measured a staggering speed of 100.23 mph. Brett Lee Like Shoaib, Australian bowler Brett Lee managed to reach that 100mph speed, 100.1 mph in fact. It was during a 2005 game against New Zealand that he became the second bowler in cricket history to achieve this. He also, along with Shoaib, consistently bowled at speeds around and over 93 mph throughout his career – making him one of the greats. Andy Roberts One of many West Indies players who can safely sit in the fastest bowlers category. He delivered a speed of 99.1 mph against Australia in 1975. Known for mixing up his deliveries to keep batsmen on their toes, he was quoted as saying: “You can’t bowl 95 mp/h all the time and hope a batsman would surrender. They get used to it after a while. You need to vary the pace, the angle, the seam or swing. I could bowl everything: seam, swing, pace, slower one, bouncer, cutters, everything.” Fidel Edwards Current West Indies player Fidel has a recorded fastest delivery of 97.9 mph against South Africa in 2003. With his normal speed around the 90’s, Fidel is definitely up there with one of the fastest. Previously speaking to ESPN, he said he always wanted to be a fast bowler: ‘I was in primary school the school coach cut my run-up to five yards, but I wanted it to be more like eight yards, as I could bowl much faster.’ Curtly Ambrose Height was definitely an advantage for this West Indies cricketer, at 6ft 7 his bowling was high and fast, regularly hitting 90mph and over. Having played 98 Tests and 176 One Day Internationals for the West Indies before his retirement he wasn’t one to mess with. In his new book Time To Talk he shares a standout moment in his career: “It was the first final at Sydney, and Australia were chasing 240 to win. Dean Jones comes out, he hadn’t even faced a delivery when umpire Terry Prue came to me and said Jones has asked I remove my wristbands. Anyone who has followed my career will know that I always wore wristbands from day one. “After Jones’s request I thought ‘You should not have woken a sleeping lion’. I was so furious I started to bowl twice as fast and seriously wanted to know Dean Jones out with the ball…I couldn’t bowl too short because of the rules…but I still managed to send a few towards his ribcage and made his life pretty uncomfortable.” For the full behind-the-scenes story of life in the iconic West Indies teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s – as told by Curtly Ambrose himself – pick up a copy of Time to Talk by Sir Curtly Ambrose and Richard Sydenham. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.