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The following information is provided thanks to the efforts of Eddie Smith, who has been tabulating bowling speeds reported in the media and by his own direct observation over the last few years.
It focuses on reported bowling speeds in past literature, news reports, domestic cricket, women's cricket and historical scientific studies. For a list of fastest deliveries in international cricket matches, click here.
Enter a speed in either of the two boxes below and click 'Convert' or press 'enter' to perform an automatic conversion to the other form of measurement. Results are displayed to one decimal place. 1 mph = 1.60934 kph.
The following speeds were measured at the WACA ground in Perth in December 1975, using "very accurate high speed cameras" and reported in the book "The Art of Fast Bowling" by DK Lillee, pp 27-30.
|Michael Holding||150.67||age 22|
|Dennis Lillee||148.54||sick at the time|
A study was made by Dr Frank Pyke of the University of Western Australia, Perth. The single fastest ball in an eight-ball over bowled is listed (measured in what is believed to be net conditions).
|Garth Le Roux||84.46||135.9kph|
A fastest bowler competition was held at the testimonial match for Courtney Walsh on July 20, 1998.
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Glenn McGrath took 26 wickets at the 2007 World Cup and topped the wickets tally. This is the most wickets by any bowler in a single edition, but McGrath never took more than three wickets in any match. He took at least one wicket in each of the eleven matches that he played.
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