Ball of the Century was a fluke, says Warne

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:While cricket experts around the world still marvel at the brilliance of Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century' which clipped Mike Gatting's off stump in the 1993 Ashes, the Aussie spin king considers it a 'fluke'.

Warne was asked to put together his best six balls so far by 'Alpha' magazine and he picked the Gatting ball as one of his special ones but added that he was lucky to get away considering the ball pitched outside the leg stump.

''My first ball against England and it didn't matter who it's against, that ball was a fluke,'' Warne told the magazine.

Two other English victims formed his next two best deliveries and one among them is current opener Andrew Strauss. Warne rated the delivery with which he picked up Strauss' wicket in last summer's Ashes as his second best.

His third choice was the hat-trick ball he bowled to Devon Malcolm in 1994 at Melbourne.

The flipper which got him the prized wicket of West Indies skipper Richie Richardson in a 1992 series was rated by the champion spinner as his fourth best.

''It was my first wicket (of the second innings) and I went on to take 7-52, and it was the first time that I actually felt like I contributed to a win and could be successful at this level,'' he said.

His next best was also against a Windies player and Warne rated the delivery which clean bowled Shivnarine Chanderpaul in a 1996 home series as the fifth ball of his ideal over.

''I went around the wicket, bowled a big leg-break and Chanderpaul went back to cut it and it bowled him. It was probably the furthest I turned a ball to ever get a wicket and I knew I was back,'' he recalled, referring to his finger injury.

For Warne the over would end with the sort of spinning leg-break, which got him the wicket of South African opener Herschelle Gibbs in the 1999 World Cup.

''I had struggled a little bit up until then. I got dropped for the last Test in the West Indies but that ball lifted me,'' he said.


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