So we've been having this conversation on cricsim. I am a pace bowler, and am coached by a guy who claims to have played a bit of pro cricket (although I can't find him on cricinfo/that cricket archive site thingy ) and has faced everything from your slowest plodders to the pace of the likes of Nantie Hayward (playing club).
He reckons I'm around the 120ish mark, possibly 125ish given he was saying 120ish a while ago and I've since gained some speed.
I'm 17, and have never played representative cricket at any age-group. I also haven't been fast-tracked into any pace programs, and a chap on cricsim reckons that if I bowled at the speeds my coach guesses me to, I'd certainly have at least had the latter happen to me. I was a spinner (not by choice) for the older years of my primary school career, and then moved to a non-sporty school (which meant I was bowling as the fourth or fifth bowler for 1sts in grade 8) and we played around school 4ths level.
I'm certainly not the most accurate, and when bowling fast I don't get that much assistance in terms of swing.
That all said, is my coach talking complete nonsense in estimating me to be a 120kph bowler, or is it possibly a fair call?
Note: 120kph is around 70mph iirc.
Note2: cricsimmer was skippos/sapientia/whatever else he's known as around here