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    Quickest 5 Bowlers from each country..

    Who are the 'quickest' 5 bowlers to have played for each nation...

    I'll attempt Australia & NZ

    Australia

    Shaun Tait - top speed (155-161kms )
    Jeff Thomson (155-161)
    Brett Lee (152-157)
    Mitchell Johnson (150-155)
    Dirk Nannes (150-155)

    Possibly Pascoe, Hogg & Lillee (at his fastest)

    New Zealand

    Shane Bond - top speed (148-155)
    Gary Bartlett - (played 10 tests for NZ in the '60s, apparently well over 90 miles per hour)
    Ian Butler -before injury (144-150)
    Mark Gillespie (rubbish as he was still bowled 142-148 at his quickest
    Heath Davis - Probably around (143-147) at his quickest


    Particularly Interested in India & Sri Lanka

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    ^ On NZ, Dion Nash, Dick Motz, Geoff Allott & Chris Cairns were all around 145kms at their quickest

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    Surely Richard Hadlee (Version 1) warrants a place in that list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Surely Richard Hadlee (Version 1) warrants a place in that list?
    Contemplated it, but remember seeing that fast bowling comp on Oz in 1979 & Hadlee was surprisingly express-less (albeit the speed-guns were ancient). But maybe your right, he did look pretty rapid in that 1976 series against India.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zinzan12 View Post
    ^ On NZ, Dion Nash, Dick Motz, Geoff Allott & Chris Cairns were all around 145kms at their quickest
    Iain O'Brien, he was up in the high 140's against Pakistan the summer just been. Simon Doull was a capable 140+ bowler at one point too wasn't he?
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    True, he'd seldom get that sort of rhythm though, but when he was on song he could hit the 143-147 range

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinzan12 View Post
    Contemplated it, but remember seeing that fast bowling comp on Oz in 1979 & Hadlee was surprisingly express-less (albeit the speed-guns were ancient). But maybe your right, he did look pretty rapid in that 1976 series against India.
    He looked distinctly rapid (crap mind) in the Test he played in England in '73

    Dayle looked a much better bowler - first impressions and all that!

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    Lasith Malinga (150 - 155 at quikest, 140 - 145 general)
    Dilhara Fernando (150 at quickest, 135 - 140 general)
    Prabath Nissanka (149 at quickest, 135 - 140 general)
    Dhammika Prasad (148 at quickest, 132 - 137 general)
    Thilan Thushara (145 at quickest, 130 - 140 general)

    Besides them, Ishara Amerasinghe used to hit 150k before getting injured (never played tests, even after injury bowled 140 - 145k in ODIs he played). Nissanka started very brightly, but a knee injury ended his career. Rumesh Ratnayake is also some where there. You usually don't break noses of West Indians of 80s unless you are quick.

    And from pre - test era, TB Kehelgamuwa used to be very sharp, said to bowl a over to Boycott reminiscent of Holding's and finally sending Boycott's stumps cartwheeling.
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    Yeah, saw some highlights of that series a few years back & Dayle looked as if he was a cunning bowler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migara View Post
    SL

    Lasith Malinga (150 - 155 at quikest, 140 - 145 general)
    Dilhara Fernando (150 at quickest, 135 - 140 general)
    Prabath Nissanka (149 at quickest, 135 - 140 general)
    Dhammika Prasad (148 at quickest, 132 - 137 general)
    Thilan Thushara (145 at quickest, 130 - 140 general)

    Besides them, Ishara Amerasinghe used to hit 150k before getting injured (never played tests, even after injury bowled 140 - 145k in ODIs he played). Nissanka started very brightly, but a knee injury ended his career. Rumesh Ratnayake is also some where there. You usually don't break noses of West Indians of 80s unless you are quick.

    And from pre - test era, TB Kehelgamuwa used to be very sharp, said to bowl a over to Boycott reminiscent of Holding's and finally sending Boycott's stumps cartwheeling.
    Was Ratnayake the dude who used to wear the head-band? If so, he was fairly rapid

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    Brendon Bracewell, he was apparently pretty fast when he made his debut for New Zealand in the late 70's. A series of stress fractures killed him off pretty quickly though.

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    In order:
    Zahid
    Shoaib
    Waqar
    Sami
    Mohd Akram.

    Hear Khan Mohammad was rapid also Wasim on his good days could be slippery.

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    How fast was Dan Morrison. To the naked eye at a game I saw the ball was just a blur.
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    Waqar in his 89'-94' days was extremely fast, Martin Crowe reckons he's the fastest he's ever faced and he broke a lot of stumps, I think he must have hit 155 pretty often and might even have topped out on 160.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teja. View Post
    Waqar in his 89'-94' days was extremely fast, Martin Crowe reckons he's the fastest he's ever faced and he broke a lot of stumps, I think he must have hit 155 pretty often and might even have topped out on 160.
    yup he was rapid but I think its the massive inswing that made him feel faster.The first time a speed gun was used was in a tri series involving Pak-Wi-Saf in 92-93.Not sure about those speed guns reliability but Waqar maxed out at 152 and Donald at 151 fastest Wasim hit was 144.

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