THE FASTEST SPELL OF BOWLING RICKY PONTING EVER FACED



Ricky Ponting regards an express spell of bowling from Pakistan speed demon Shoaib Akhtar as the quickest he ever faced.


Steaming in down breeze on a bouncy WACA pitch, Akhtar sent the ball whistling past Ponting during a hostile spell in a Test match in 1999.


Nicknamed the "Rawalpindi Express", Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery clocked in cricket - 161.3kph against England at the 2003 Cricket World Cup.


“Got plenty of questions the other day after calling the (Andrew) Flintoff over the best I'd faced,” Ponting said on Twitter.


"This from @shoaib100mph (Shoaib Akhtar) was the fastest spell I'd ever faced and trust me Justin (Langer) wasn't backing up too far at the other end.”


Ponting scored a career-defining 197 as he and Langer (144) combined for a 327-run partnership after Australia slumped to 4-54.


The hosts went on to win the Test by an innings and 20 runs to sweep the series 3-0.

Akhtar, now 44, took 178 wickets at an average of 25.69 in 46 Tests for Pakistan.


Source - SEN

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