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    The Best Ball Ever Bowled......

    .......That Wasn't Bowled By Shane Warne. That makes it a bit harder, doesn't it?

    I'll start by nominating Harmy's slower ball to Clarke, and Freddie's ripping out of Haydos' leg-stump after setting him up for it for about three overs, and those are just the ones I can think of from this summer.

    There's been a fair few Waqar inswinging yorkers which deserve a nomination, and some from Wasim, and I'm sure Murali's bowled a fair few unplayables in his time.

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    I'd say that Holding's famous over versus Boycott had some crackers in it.

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    Harmison's slowie was very good yes, but not as special as everyone made out. I'd say Jonah's at Kasper at Trent Bridge in the 1st Innings would have got most top order batsmen out, was a bit special, but there are definately others over the years which were better.

    Also, the best ball ever bowled is likely not to have got a wicket, because it's likely to have been played at and missed, and so not remembered.
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    Steve Waugh said the best ball he faced was a delivery from Richard Hadlee where he got bowled. He said 9 times out of 10 it would have bowled him and the 10th he would have got an edge. Haven't seen the ball myself but it must have been a beauty.


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    ^very true.

    My favourties are the one where a batsman gets set up then looks clueless when he gets out,the most recent one i can remember is Collymore getting Clarke out in the first AUS-WIN test.

    Anderson's inswinging yorker in the 03 world cup was pretty special but i cant remember many atm.

    Brett Lee's slower ball that got Strauss looked great but i think that had more to do with Straus completely missing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    Steve Waugh said the best ball he faced was a delivery from Richard Hadlee where he got bowled. He said 9 times out of 10 it would have bowled him and the 10th he would have got an edge. Haven't seen the ball myself but it must have been a beauty.
    I know the one - I think it was in the 1985/6 series in Aussie. The ball pitched on about middle to middle-and off and seamed ever so slightly away, clipping Waugh's off-bail. Quite funny that you posted this as I was about to suggest it.

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    I'll vote for Harmison's slower ball to Michael Clarke as the only candidate in the last year, purely because of circumstances in which it was produced.

    Nobody expected it - not the batsman, not the crowd, not the commentators, and judging from their reaction, not his team-mates. It was the defining moment of the entire summer.
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    Maybe this one?

    0.2 Harmison to Langer, no run, just short of a good length once more,
    this time on the stumps, Justin Langer takes his eyes off the ball
    and cops a nasty blow on the arm, just above the elbow
    Langer in a bit of pain there. The ball hit him just above where
    the forearm protector ends. That is a painful blow. Errol Alcott
    the Australian physio has run on
    Or this one perhaps?

    10.4 Harmison to Ponting, no run, and it is Ponting's turn now! Short
    ball, Ponting goes for the pull and cops a nasty blow on the grill
    of the helmet
    Another disruption in play here as the helmet seems to have jammed
    on Ponting's face and caused a bit of bleeding
    It looks a bit gory there as the blood pours down Ponting's cheek,
    but it's not as bad as it looks
    The physio has come onto the field and is attending to Ponting
    Not strictly a ball, but this was nice

    Let's cut to the chase and get straight to the news that is coming
    to us from Edgbaston
    Australia have won the toss and chosen to bowl
    These might tickle your fancy

    17.6 Warne to Trescothick, SIX, tossed up just a bit more and outside
    the off, Trescothick goes for the big hit and makes clean contact!
    Huge six back over Warne's head!
    43.4 Harmison to Clarke, OUT: slower ball on the middle stump, Clarke is
    completely fooled by this one. What a ball to bowl at the end of a
    day like this! Clarke is flummoxed and clean bowled!
    Or what about this

    64.3 Harmison to Kasprowicz, OUT: short ball banged in, Kasprowicz tries
    to get out of the way but just cannot manage, the ball balloons up
    towards the keeper and Geraint Jones takes the catch

    Australia 279/10, Partnership of 59
    MS Kasprowicz c GO Jones b Harmison 20 (31b 3x4 0x6)
    B Lee 43* (75b 5x4) SJ Harmison 17.3-3-62-2 (1w 1nb)

    This incredible Test match comes to an end with England winning by
    two runs
    End of one of the great Test matches of all time
    This always brings a smile to my face:

    56.3 McGrath to Vaughan, three runs, There it is! Century for Michael
    Vaughan. That is the first 100 of this Ashes series! fullish and
    on the stumps, Vaughan drives through midwicket
    Carn Vaughanie!

    70.2 Gillespie to Vaughan, FOUR, now one the other side of the field,
    on-driven in fine style through midwicket to bring up the 150!
    Another great moment:

    51.5 McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, short one, pulled away to the midwicket
    fence to bring up Strauss' 6th Test hundred, his first against
    Australia
    This was pure class:

    100.1 Warne to Flintoff, one run, full and down the leg side, Flintoff
    puts bat to ball, working the ball down the leg side to get to a
    century that is cheered loud and long by a capacity crowd at Trent
    Bridge!
    Dampening some spirits

    117.5 Warne to SP Jones, FOUR, fullish and outside the off, lofted well
    over mid-off, one bounce and over the ropes
    117.6 Warne to SP Jones, FOUR, flatter and quicker, Jones squeezes this
    very well through cover
    Superman!

    42.2 Flintoff to Gilchrist, OUT: just short of a good length, outside
    the off, the ball moves away after pitching, Gilchrist edges,
    Andrew Strauss dives full length to his left and takes a stunning
    one-handed catch!
    Wahoo!

    News has just come in that England have indeed enforced the follow-
    on
    This is also a nice piece

    31.5 Warne to Giles, two runs, THAT'S IT! England have done it! full and
    on the pads, flicked through the on side for two of the most
    valuable runs Ashley Giles has ever scored in his life!
    England have scored a famous victory here at Trent Bridge! And
    after years and years of waiting English fans can celebrate being
    ahead in an Ashes series!
    Very nice one here as well

    58.2 Lee to Strauss, FOUR, driven well through midwicket to bring up a
    century for Andrew Strauss! That is a 7th Test hundred for Strauss
    and boy oh boy is this South London crowd appreciative
    This takes the cake though

    62.2 Tait to Pietersen, FOUR, short of a length and outside the off,
    driven well through extra cover! Hundred for Kevin Pietersen! That
    is a top class knock under pressure on a big, big stage
    But, the winner(of 3 cakes and a biscuit) is

    0.4 Harmison to Langer, legbye: FOUR, another short one, Langer takes
    evasive action, off the shoulder for four leg byes over the keeper
    The umpires have offered the light to Langer and Hayden and they
    have accepted it.
    This is not quite the end of play though
    The players have walked off the field, but will have to come back
    out in case the light situation improves. But that is unlikely to
    happen this time of the year.

    Match State: Delay - Day 5 - Bad light stops play

    The covers are coming on now
    We're being told the match officials and representatives of both
    teams are talking, discussing whether this game can be called off
    at this stage
    That's probably the commonsense way forward so that the England
    team and indeed most of the country can celebrate a great victory
    The umpires walk out now and are purposefully striding to the
    middle
    The bails come off, the stumps are pulled out of the ground and
    officially this match is drawn and England have won the Ashes 2-1
    It's a huge moment for this team, the celebrations can now
    officially begin!
    Handshakes all round between the two teams, that's good spirit
    between the two sides
    The England team are gathered on the pavilion steps and they are
    now led out by Michael Vaughan ... the crowd roars!
    There's plenty of waving and gesturing to the crowds. There are
    songs in the air and thunderous applause. Soon the presentation
    ceremony will begin.
    The Man of the Match is Kevin Pietersen for his magnificent 158 in
    the second innings that seasled the match for England
    'It's a fantastic day. It's special to me personally to win the Man
    of the Match on the last day of a series where we won the Ashes,'
    says Pietersen.
    The Man of the Series is Andrew Flintoff. He has had a great series
    and richly deserves the award.
    This was the award for the English Man of the Series, chosen by the
    Australian coach John Buchannan
    Similarly Duncan Fletcher picks out Shane Warne as Australia's
    player of the series. Another great cricketer, another award
    richly deserved.
    'It's been one of those series ... it was an amazing series.
    England were just too good for us in this series, and you have to
    hand it to them,' says Warne
    'I always enjoy playing in England. The crowds in all the Tests
    have been sensational. It's just a pleasure to play here.'
    Now the Australian team comes up, in batting order, to the podium
    Finally Ponting comes up to have a word
    'It looked early on that the game would be set up well. But England
    played great cricket all summer. They've outplayed us in every
    Test match other than the first one. Congratulations to Michael
    Vaughan and Duncan Fletcher,' says Ponting
    'We had a few chances but did not take them. Kevin Pietersen played
    magnificently. This was one of the best series I have ever played
    in.'
    There's a new award instituted this series. It's the Compton-Miller
    award for the player of the series. Picked by Trevor Hohns and
    David Graveney, that man is Andrew Freddie Flintoff
    'It's been a great summer. Today is really special,' says Flintoff.
    'We've played great cricket over the past five weeks. You've got to
    pinch yourself to know you're not dreaming. To play a part in
    winning the Ashes for England is something you dream about as a
    kid.'
    Now the England team comes up, in batting order, to the podium
    Huge roar from the crowd as Michael Vaughan comes up to the podium
    to recieve a replica of the famous Ashes urn. There's also a
    trophy from the sponsors for Vaughan to collect.
    'It's been an incredible series. Full credit to Australia and the
    way they have played,' says Vaughan '
    'Winning the toss and batting on four out of five occasions
    certainly helped.'
    'We've all aged a few years in the course of this series. The
    support we have received has been fantastic and we appreciate
    this.'
    Vaughan now holds that famous little urn up in the air and the
    crowd roars with great gusto
    The confetti flies, the bubbly is uncorked, Team England bask in
    the adulation as the celebrations begin in right earnest!
    That brings us to the end of the coverage of this Ashes series, as
    England take a lap of honour around The Oval
    It has been a pleasure and a privilege bringing this series to you.
    We hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we enjoyed bringing it
    to you!
    Bit more than a ball really, but that doesn't matter
    Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    Maybe this one?



    Or this one perhaps?



    Not strictly a ball, but this was nice



    These might tickle your fancy





    Or what about this



    This always brings a smile to my face:



    Carn Vaughanie!



    Another great moment:



    This was pure class:



    Dampening some spirits



    Superman!



    Wahoo!



    This is also a nice piece



    Very nice one here as well



    This takes the cake though



    But, the winner(of 3 cakes and a biscuit) is



    Bit more than a ball really, but that doesn't matter
    Best. Post. Ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Halsey
    Best. Post. Ever.
    Ah... It really was!

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    The best delivery? In my biased view?

    Akram bowling to Gilly in the first round match of the 1999 WC, the inswinging delivery that missed Gilly's bat and arm just barely and knocked off his bails. Gilly just stood there wondering what the hell just happened.

    Another one would be in the final of the same WC. I remember watching it with 50 other people in a restaurant in Chicago. Akram to Ponting, ball bounces up and in at the speed of light, Ponting tries to glide it down third man but edges it to Moin Khan. The reason it was so great was that, at that moment, everybody in the room had forgotten about the humiliating defeat Pakistan was heading towards and everyone had the same look of wonderment on their faces.

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    Gilo to Martyn, third Test.

    In all seriousness, I haven't seen too many, so won't say anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    ^very true.

    My favourties are the one where a batsman gets set up then looks clueless when he gets out,the most recent one i can remember is Collymore getting Clarke out in the first AUS-WIN test.
    Word... I remember one Gillespie over he bowled to Lara... That was an amazing collection of six balls. All on the off stump cutting away and the last one slightly outside, left alone by Lara then cutting back in and hitting the off stump

    But then again I liked Simon Jones ball to get rid of Clarke in that test we drew (I forget what number it was... but it was the one where Ponting got bucketloads to save us)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slats4ever
    Word... I remember one Gillespie over he bowled to Lara... That was an amazing collection of six balls. All on the off stump cutting away and the last one slightly outside, left alone by Lara then cutting back in and hitting the off stump

    But then again I liked Simon Jones ball to get rid of Clarke in that test we drew (I forget what number it was... but it was the one where Ponting got bucketloads to save us)
    I nearly nominated that Jones ball, too, that was awesome.

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    Third Test, Old Trafford

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