Romanos on Lee v Morgan

December 30th, 2013 at 9:10 am by David Farrar

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Good on Sir Richard Hadlee for having a go at the idiotic behaviour of the other day.

Sadly there seems to be plenty of halfwits out there willing to back Lee.

The Australian speedster bowled six deliveries to 48-year-old British TV host and engaged in what Hadlee has termed ”a brutal assault” that was ”extremely dangerous and unnecessary”.

I watched Lee’s bowling in horror and tweeted my displeasure. The tenor of some replies was that Morgan got what was coming to him.

Morgan sparked off the incident when he described the England team’s performance as pathetic during the Ashes series and, tongue in cheek I felt, said he wouldn’t mind facing Mitchell Johnson.

One thing led to another and suddenly there was Morgan, a rotund middle-aged man, standing 20 metres away from one of the fastest bowlers in the world in a net in Melbourne, attempting to live up to his end of a dare.

Lee had the chance to have a little fun with Morgan, but instead deliberately targeted him, even when the batsman backed away several metres.

Morgan was hit four times and it was only good fortune that none of the blows maimed him, or worse.

I admired Morgan’s pluck in stepping into the nets in the first place. At that point it was a bit of light-hearted entertainment that had played out well.

Lee then totally misread the situation. Instead of having a little fun at Morgan’s expense, he tried to hit him.

It was shameful. Such bowling would never have been permitted in a genuine match.

That is the key. Lee wasn’t bowling as he would in a match. He was bowling to try and deliberately hit Morgan.

In 1932-33 Harold Larwood, Bill Voce and company engaged in the infamous Bodyline Ashes series at the direction of their skipper, Douglas Jardine. They bowled short to a leg-side field and all the leading Australian batsmen were hit, some many times.

The tactics were so repulsive that form of was outlawed.

There have been hostile fast bowlers since, including Ray Lindwall, Frank Tyson, Jeff Thomson, Dennis Lillee, any number of West Indians, Allan Donald and Shoaib Akhtar.

I suggest none has ever set out as obviously to hit a batsman as Lee did.

At times Morgan had backed so far away he was into the netting behind him. And still the ball was aimed at him.

Only once in six deliveries did Lee pitch a ball up and aim straight, and not surprisingly, he hit the stumps.

Lee should have just bowled for the wicket and humiliated Morgan by hitting the stumps six out of six times.

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52 Responses to “Romanos on Lee v Morgan”

  1. kowtow (7,953 comments) says:

    Piers Morgan (not even his real name) is an utter wanker.

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  2. Duxton (595 comments) says:

    You are far too kind, David. Piers Morgan is a left-wing asshole, and one of the main reasons I don’t bother watching CNN. A broken jaw and mouthful of smashed teeth would have taken him off the air for several weeks, at least.

    I remember watching Brett Lee bowling in his first test in NZ, at the Basin Reserve. (From memory it was about his second or third test.) Even from side-on, it was frightening. In the time it took me to pay my admission, buy a beer, and find a [place on the embankment, NZ were three down.

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  3. redqueen (521 comments) says:

    Piers Morgan is a twat. Regardless of his political idiology, he is an utter twat as a person. The fact that he managed to get Jeremy Clarkson to punch him, being ordinarily a teddy-bear, is proof in the pudding. While aggressive bowling isn’t usually a good thing, I can think of few more deserving than that smug bastard.

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  4. OneTrack (2,823 comments) says:

    Piers Morgan may be a left-wing nutbar but he seems to have managed to prove the point that Brett Lee is just an arsehole who can only hit the wickets once out of six times.

    Where do they get zombies like this from – maybe he’s been hit in the head by the ball one too many times? That performance would really encourage more kids to play cricket. High five.

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  5. Pete George (23,345 comments) says:

    I agree with Hadlee, Romanos and DPF. Brett Lee lost the plot and lost a lot of respect.

    Thinking someone is a twat or a wanker should not be an excuse for assault. We have a major problem in New Zealand (and it seems in Australia) with taking a dislike to someone being used as an excuse to attack and injure – or worse. We’ve seen how close it can come to far worse with Ryder’s assault.

    Disgraceful from Lee and also disgraceful to cheer him on.

    And while I don’t know much about Morgan he was stupid for getting involved this much.

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  6. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Piers Morgan’s response to Richard Hadlee saying he could not bat was ‘yes I can’. Ah no you can’t. Morgan has never cricket to any notable level. While Lee showed how nasty he can be, Piers Morgan is fool. If he was dumb and arrogant enough to accept the challenge against one of the worlds best fast bowlers still capable of bowling at 140km/h, then he’s a egg.

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  7. wreck1080 (3,813 comments) says:

    Has brett lee told his side of the story yet?

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  8. Pete George (23,345 comments) says:

    “Has brett lee told his side of the story yet?”

    I saw it live on TV, that told most of the story. I think there were too many body hits for Lee to claim they were all misdirected mistakes, or that he tried to miss and each time Morgan moved into the target area.

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  9. calendar girl (1,203 comments) says:

    Everyone knows about Piers Morgan’s pomposity. And his intemperate comments about the courage of England’s batsmen were those of an MSM know-it-all.

    But now we also know a little more about the character of one of the great fast bowlers of the modern era. Sad that Lee should demean himself in such a way.

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  10. marcw (238 comments) says:

    I wonder if Brett Lee would be feeling so smug today if he was facing a hospital bill for 15 days of ICU treatment for Morgan should he have maimed him seriously? Firing a missile at 140 kph at someone who is not competant to defend themselves is nothing less than criminal assault. Lee should have made his point by bowling at the wickets, and would have made the requisite and deserved humiliation by defeating him in a cricket sense – now he just confirms he’s just another (regular) Aussie blowhard wanker.

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  11. lazza (370 comments) says:

    You Know … this Brett Lee thing is another typical boorish bullying response from another witless Aussie Bozo. They all are!

    As a bunch of convict-descended adolescent retards, Aussies by and large continue to demonstrate their basic infantile boorishness.

    For example, instead of acting as a benevolent Big Brother to us lil Kiwi guys and Gals … they go for the sheep jokes, NRL cheating on the grand scale and cheap dumb putdowns.

    Instead of showing some judgement and maturity they just “don’t get it” … neither did Brett Lee.

    Good on the Pom.

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  12. Scott Chris (5,981 comments) says:

    Warning! Warning! Wowser Alert! Wowser Alert!

    What’s the worst that could have happened? Piers Morgan swallowing his tongue? (or the best thing some would say)

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  13. flipper (3,847 comments) says:

    Look, Paddles is right on the body line business……
    BUT let us face some facts:

    1. The whole thing was a PR stunt to raise the CNN(now) idiot’s profile.
    2. No one in Australia takes Morgan the newsman seriously.
    3. He wound up the Channel 9 commentary team….and they obliged by having Lee deliver.

    But Paddles is a bit too precious on this…. or was he trying to lift his dimming profile? (Not as a cricketer, but as a 2013/14 observer of cricket.)

    The most interesting aspects of the whole event are legal. If Morgan had been injured…there is no ACC in Australia. Would Morgan’s insurers have paid up??
    Morgan has a multi million dollar contract with CNN. Would CNN have sued Lee and or Channel 9 ?

    Did Morgan sign liability waivers????

    Then there is a question of criminal liability. No one can opt out of criminal liability

    Best we NOT take this too seriously. It is not worth discussing beyond this point.

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  14. eszett (2,374 comments) says:

    kowtow (6,001 comments) says:
    December 30th, 2013 at 9:17 am
    Piers Morgan (not even his real name) is an utter wanker.

    Like kowtow is your real name, eh?

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  15. eszett (2,374 comments) says:

    One wanker provokes an other wanker, takes up his wanky challenge and then gets done by in a totally wanky manner.
    Slow news day.

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  16. Nostalgia-NZ (5,045 comments) says:

    ‘That is the key. Lee wasn’t bowling as he would in a match. He was bowling to try and deliberately hit Morgan.’

    Can’t be clearer than that. 6 wicket strikes with 6 balls would have made the point rather than Lee revealing that he is a gutless prick. The name Piers Morgan means nothing to me but seeing a top fast bowler just past his prime bowling against an middle aged novice would be like applauding Tua introducing his left hook to the psycho Lee. Actually it wouldn’t, in these circumstances it would be an encouragement to observe if Lee had any ticker when the odds were completely against him. Maybe Lonergan might arrange the match.

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  17. Nigel Kearney (919 comments) says:

    That is the key. Lee wasn’t bowling as he would in a match. He was bowling to try and deliberately hit Morgan.

    Have you watched Mitchell Johnson at all? Fear of getting hurt is a much a part of test cricket as it is a part of boxing. You don’t want people actually getting hurt, but you also don’t want the batsman to be free to just play shots without fear of anything bad happening. It is Johnson’s job to ensure that fear exists and the job of the batsmen to conquer that fear and score runs.

    Piers Morgan effectively said that he would be willing to put himself in the position of the English batsmen. He was given the opportunity to actually do that and he accepted it. It was completely his choice and he could have backed down at any time, ideally apologising for posting such crap on Twitter. Bowling at the stumps would have been utterly pointless and proved nothing, because when Morgan said the English batsmen needed to ‘grow a pair’ he obviously wasn’t referring to their ability to defend an entire over of straight, full-pitched deliveries.

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  18. Scott Chris (5,981 comments) says:

    And as for Ol’ Paddles, well he always was a bit precious but one could excuse him that because he’s the only world class cricketer we’ve ever produced – whereas Romanos has no reason to take himself so seriously.

    I remember some years ago witnessing Joe Romanos’ insistence on being called ‘Joseph not Joe’ and Graeme Hill, with whom he was conversing at the time, gleefully taking the piss.

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  19. flipper (3,847 comments) says:

    Scott Chris (5,386 comments) says:

    December 30th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    And as for Ol’ Paddles, well he always was a bit precious but one could excuse him that because he’s the only world class cricketer we’ve ever produced
    *****

    No argument that Paddles was the best bowler in his day. But he was just ONE of our best. Other nations rate Martin Crowe ahead of him….and rate Crowe as one of the best batsmen of all time.

    Stats are bloody misleading….think about test match frequency today. Then think about the lack of similar opportunities available to Jack Cowie, John R Reid, and Martin Donnelly. The Don faced Cowie just once. The crowds at the SCG flocked to see Bradman bat all day….and then they evaporated.
    Result- Cowie 1, Bradman O.

    Each for an era. Not forever.

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  20. Michael (899 comments) says:

    Morgan knew what was coming, and he got exactly what he wanted – that is, publicity for his little watched CNN show. His viewership has fallen from Larry Kings ‘low ratings point’ of 700,000 (right before retiring) to just over 300,000. Brett Lee knows how much Morgan is hated in the UK so while we tut-tut there are calls for Lee to be Knighted over there.

    Anyway, this is the same guy who said George W Bush was a class A idiot because he fell off a Segway. A few days later he was challenge to have a go and promptly fell off himself, broke three ribs, and thus proving (by his own measurement) that he is indeed a class A idiot.

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  21. flipper (3,847 comments) says:

    CORRECTION….
    Not the SCG…it was the ACG (Adelaide) in 1937.
    Bradman c Tindall. b Cowie. 11.

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  22. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Nobody can feel a pinch of sympathy for the wanker Morgan.

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  23. kowtow (7,953 comments) says:

    At least this post has brought out the chip on the shoulder pricks like marwc and lazza with their small dick comments on all Ozzies for the actions of one!

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  24. Scott Chris (5,981 comments) says:

    Other nations rate Martin Crowe ahead of him….and rate Crowe as one of the best batsmen of all time.

    I think Crowe was too mentally fragile to be world class. An average of 50 is my cut-off point for batsmen and a runs per wicket rate of 23 for seamers. Totally arbitrary I’d acknowledge.

    And Paddles could bat a bit too.

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  25. Alan Wilkinson (1,849 comments) says:

    Surely an unfortunate outcome? If Morgan had got crippled and Lee got sued justice all round would have been better served.

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  26. dime (9,668 comments) says:

    that was awesome.

    ya forget just how fast and brutal these guys are. was cool seeing close up camera work.

    it also let pg lecture us a bit more about the “violence culture” in both countries. it was win/win.

    as for paddles, he lost my respect when he invoiced a school for a pack of chocolate biscuits.

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  27. Yogibear (350 comments) says:

    Morgan supports Arsenal. No further analysis necessary

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  28. Pete George (23,345 comments) says:

    Lee speaks for himself.

    Afterwards, Lee told the Sydney Telegraph: “He got hurt but he didn’t get maimed, so that’s a positive step.

    “He has a serious, serious bad lump on his wrist, he got a couple (in the) ribs, one on the back – that noise it made was a sickening blow.

    “But he kept on going, so you have to take your hat off to the guy.

    “The biggest smile around the ground was from Mitchell Johnson I think. I looked over at Mitch and he gave me a wink, he was quite chuffed.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/theashes/10538906/Ashes-2013-14-Piers-Morgan-faces-six-balls-from-fired-up-Brett-Lee-in-MCG-nets-and-gets-dumped-on-his-backside.html

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  29. grumpyoldhori (2,416 comments) says:

    Interesting how some are arguing that a village green cricketer got what he deserved.
    And if Lee had hit him over the heart and Morgan had dropped dead what then, the Aussie crowd would have cheered and I have a suspicion that a few so called NZers what have joined them in their joy.

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  30. Alan (1,082 comments) says:

    He knew what he was getting into; He was going on about it on twitter for weeks in advance.

    He’s an adult that made a decision to do something stupid. He’s also a needy publicity whore.

    Zero sympathy.

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  31. MT_Tinman (3,054 comments) says:

    The tactics were so repulsive that form of cricket was outlawed.

    No, it wasn’t.

    What was banned was the fields that made “bodyline” bowling effective i.e several legside slip catchers.

    Bowling at a batsman is still very much part of a speedster’s armory. Anyone who has watched the current Ashes series will understand this.

    As far as Morgan and Lee go, Morgan knew what he was getting himself and how Lee was going to bowl to him.

    Note also Lee was one of the world’s fastest bowlers, now he’s a media comments man.

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  32. Peter (1,673 comments) says:

    Morgan may well be a cad and a scoundrel and, god-dammit, a left-winger. But that does not give some half-wit “sportsman” licence to assault him with a flying projectile.

    Cricket lost.

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  33. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Whatever you think of Morgan , he got into the nets.

    Every ball Lee bowled was a no ball, they were all deliberately aimed at the batsman.
    Slater and co would have been hit as many times if Lee bowled directly at them.

    Channel Nines commentary team has been absolute shit this year and this sort of stunt does nothing to help it

    Lord fucking Haw Haw Nicholas and Healey make it bloody near unwatchable

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  34. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Alan

    he got into the nets to have cricket balls bowled at him legally, none were, not one of the six was a legal delivery- not what he signed on for and he has not moaned about it, he copped it

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  35. MT_Tinman (3,054 comments) says:

    Pauleastbay (4,846 comments) says:
    December 30th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Lord fucking Haw Haw Nicholas and Healey make it bloody near unwatchable

    Compared with the christ awful NZ lot the Ocker group are first class.

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  36. themanwhowatches (22 comments) says:

    Paueastbay: unlistenable. And holy cow now we’re getting Crowe back. Not with Danny Morrison I hope.

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  37. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Tinny

    Agree, apart from Ian Smith,

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  38. David in Chch (512 comments) says:

    An American colleague of mine was travelling to Oz a few years back. He was filling in the Aussie immigration form, and he got to the question “Do you have any criminal convictions?”. His response: “I didn’t know you still needed one.”

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  39. Dean Papa (782 comments) says:

    the gaggle shrieking out claims “he coulda died” typify the emasculation of the modern man. No, he might have got a few bruises, but serious injury was very unlikely. Much more likely to injure yourself while skiing. The modern cricket player does wear a lot of protective gear these days. Now if you look at footage from the seventies you will notice the absence of the helmet as protection for the noggin. They do say that players back then watched the ball a lot more closely! I’m sure Sir Paddles must have bounced a few players back then. Should we retrospectively reclassify those deliveries as attempted murder, and file charges against Sir Paddles? Here’s what a real man (not a pooftah) looks like, 45 year old Brian Close taking on the mighty Windies.

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  40. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Brett Lee was obviously concerned Morgan would make a fool of him. Lee has been made a fool of before when he’s bowled legitimate deliveries. Might explain why he bowled no-balls to Morgan. Loser.

    http://tune.pk/video/6371/Chris-Gayle-Smashes-Lee-T20-WC-2007?feature=search

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  41. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    An average of 50 is my cut-off point for batsmen and a runs per wicket rate of 23 for seamers.

    Lee averaged 30.8 per wicket…which makes him kind of average.

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  42. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    ” Lee has been made a fool of before when he’s bowled legitimate deliveries. Might explain why he bowled no-balls to Morgan. Loser.”

    What the hell? Good old Anti-Aussie bias eh?
    Clearly you don’t understand cricket..

    “Lee averaged 30.8 per wicket…which makes him kind of average.”

    Lee also bowled at up to 160 kph- Which makes him kind of a freak. Your beloved Black Caps would fucking kill for anyone who could bowl at 150….(or anyone who could take 300 odd Test wickets)

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  43. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Your beloved Black Caps would fucking kill for anyone who could bowl at 150….(or anyone who could take 300 odd Test wickets)

    Dream on. Richard Hadlee didn’t bowl at 150kmh. He didn’t need to. Lee was indeed an average bowler compared to Hadlee.

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  44. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    BTW, Adam Milne can bowl at 150kmh but has played little for NZ.

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  45. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Please stop mentioning the Black Craps. Useless buggers, useless team.

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  46. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    If you think Lee was an “average” bowler then you have confirmed that you know absolutely nothing about cricket….
    While not in the league of Hadlee or Lillee anyone who can bowl that pace, play 76 Test matches, and take 300 wickets is certainly a hell of a lot better than “average”…
    Have you ever played cricket? Do you know how hard it is to face anyone even over 140 kph?

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  47. BlairM (2,307 comments) says:

    Fuck Piers Morgan. He deserves to bounced. As much as Hadlee is a hero of mine, he could be a pretty damn precious primadonna in his day, and he is being one now. Why defend a man who is completely indefensible?

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  48. Dean Papa (782 comments) says:

    There’s no denying that Sir Paddles could be a right banker at times. In fact, if I recall correctly, there is a revealing anecdote concerning him to be found in Tim Bickerstaff’s book Heroes and Villains. I believe it can be found at the very end of the chapter on Sir Paddles. I’ve long since misplaced my copy of the book, so if anyone still has their copy, they might like to confirm. Anyway, so the story goes, it was arranged by NZC for some up and coming players to have a get together with Sir Paddles at his home, where the great one was to pass on some of his wisdom to these bright future black cap prospects. According to the story, a few days later, an invoice apparently turns up in the post at NZC headquarters, asking for a couple of dollars to cover the cost of tea and biscuits.

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  49. lazza (370 comments) says:

    “Have you ever played cricket? Do you know how hard it is to face anyone even over 140 kph?”

    Err No … Maybe ask Piers?

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  50. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Dean Papa @1.20pm
    Top Video
    Fuck- Brian Close – awesome- Holding – whispering death

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  51. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    https://www.facebook.com/FastestBowlersOfAllTime/posts/246863461995471

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    Brett Lee,Shoaib Akhtar,Shane Bond World’s Fastest Bowlers Of All Time
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    Shoaib Akhtar set an official world record by achieving the fastest delivery, when he clocked in at 162.7 km/h (101.7mph) in his bowling speed.

    Brett Lee’s fastest recorded delivery to date is 161.8 km/h (100.5 mph)

    Lee ranks behind only Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar as the fastest bowler in contemporary cricket during most of this decade.

    Shane Bond’s fastest recorded delivery to date is 156.5 km/h (96.6mph)
    28 June 2011
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  52. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Shane Bond’s fastest recorded delivery to date is 156.5 km/h (96.6mph)

    Bond averaged 22 runs per wicket. Puts Lee’s decidedly average 31 in the shade.

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