Australian speedster Mitchell Starc has challenged Craig McMillan to face him in the nets after the New Zealand batting coach questioned whether the left-arm pacer had actually bowled at 160kph. In a blistering spell after lunch on the third day of the second Test match between Australia and New Zealand, Starc bowled a blazing yorker to Ross Taylor which was regulated by the Nine Network’s speed gun at 160.4kph, the fastest recorded delivery in a Test match.
Australia v New Zealand second cricket Test Mitchell Starc
Cricket Starc offers net challenge to McMillan
But McMillan, who faced the fastest recorded delivery in an ODI against Pakistan at Lahore in 2002, queried the authenticity of the technology. “I don’t know, maybe someone in the truck was having a bit of fun but that delivery came out of nowhere and looked pretty similar to a lot of deliveries throughout the day that were closer to 150 than 160,” Cricinfo quoted McMillan as saying.
Mitchell Starc offers Craig McMillan net challenge
“I’m not sure if maybe the wrong button was pushed, but you’d have to ask Rossco whether it felt 10kph quicker than any other delivery he faced.” McMillan was batting at No. 3 for New Zealand in 2002 when he faced Shoaib Akhtar’s delivery that was clocked by a sponsor’s speed gun at 161kph. “It was all sort of working nicely for the left-armers at this end. Nice to have some rhythm, have the ball coming out nicely. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a couple of wickets to go with it.”