A blast from the past just now. Or, as Tony Greig would say, “a blorst from the porst, nice and hord and forst”. November 2004 I wroteth the following:
Richie Benaud commented during New Zealandâ€™s first innings against Australia that no Australian bowler exceeded 140kph â€œwhich is pretty worrying.â€ It was a brief comment, but very interesting. The pitch and conditions suited extreme-pace, so itâ€™s odd that Gillespie in particular didnâ€™t make it to 140.
I donâ€™t want to make this blog entirely biased towards England (but!) Englandâ€™s bowlers averaged around 140 in most innings this summer. Steve Harmison in particular reached 96mph (154kph) (and averaged 94mph in his 10 overs) in an ODI. The Aussies are getting oldâ€¦
Did whatshisname, erm…Stuart Clark reach 140 the other day? Don’t think so. Not that speed is the be-all and end-all, of course, but a four-pronged pace attack is such a luxury. And Australia’s bowlers are all, well…they need this bloke Mitchell Johnson to have an immediate impact. Left-armer too.