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WC 2003 - Shoaib, Lee head pace race, confirm places as fastest

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2003, 22:32 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee of Australia have confirmed their places as the world's fastest bowlers by sending down the quickest deliveries at the World Cup.According to official statistics released on Wednesday, they are the only two bowlers to have broken the 160kmh mark.Shoaib's fastest delivery took the speed gun up to 161.3kmh in Pakistan's match against England, while Lee came close to matching his pace rival, also against England, where his top speed was clocked at 160.7kmh.Third fastest bowler is New Zealand's Shane Bond whose quickest delivery of 153.4kmh was unleashed against Canada with West Indies' Jermaine Lawson just a fraction behind.Fastest recorded deliveries by bowlers from each country:Australia: Brett Lee 160.7kmh v EnglandBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza 139.5kmh v Canada Canada:Davis Joseph 140.5kmh v BangladeshEngland:James Anderson 144kmh v AustraliaNetherlands:Edger Schiferli 138.4kmh v NamibiaIndia:Ashish Nehra 149.7kmh v ZimbabweKenya:Thomas Odoyo 135.1kmh v Bangladesh Namibia:Gerrie Snyman 138.2kmh v PakistanNew Zealand: Shane Bond 153.4kmh v CanadaPakistan: Shoaib Akhtar 161.3kmh v EnglandSouth Africa:Makhaya Ntini 149.4kmh v Sri LankaSri Lanka:Dilhara Fernando 147.9kmh v Bangladesh West Indies:Jermaine Lawson 153.2kmh v KenyaZimbabwe: Andy Blignaut 145.6kmh v New ZealandCopyright AFP 2001

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I would like to think that we are unbeatable, says Lee

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