rhinoceroo wrote:I remember watching the Warne/Gatting ball in an (English) university common room. Apparently Warne had been told to bowl like mud in the county matches leading up to the test, so as far as the English were concerned here was this bleached yob Ocker bowling leg-spin of all things, what was there to worry about? And Gatting was one of the best players of spin in the world at the time.
First ball changed everything. I (and everyone else) thought the keeper must have knocked the stumps with his knees because that ball had gone a foot and a half down leg side. Nope. Welcome to Warne's world, he was the literal gamechanger.
It’s one of those ones where you don’t see it for ages, and when you do it’s even better then you remember. Then better again on the replay.
He late said it was a bit of a fluke - because, well duh, of course you can’t plan for everything to align perfectly like that. But to even have the ability to send it up there with the possibility of that happening…