Watch: Simon Jones bowls one of the best deliveries of the 21st century
The game of cricket has witnessed the greatest bowling spells over the decades. Commentators, cricket experts or analysts, fans ran short of adjectives and superlatives to describe marvellous bowling performances by bowlers.
Former England fast bowler Simon Jones took the cricket world by storm after bowling one of the best deliveries of the 21st century. The former England international is celebrating his birthday as he turns 42 years.
On this special occasion, Wisden India remembered one of the best balls of the 21st century. During the 2005 Ashes series between England and Australia, Jones bowled a sensational delivery to get rid of Michael Clarke.
The right-handed batsman couldn’t even judge the line of the ball and in a split second, he decided to leave the ball. However, what happened next was a stunner. Clarke took calculated risk to leave the ball since it was pitched outside the off-stump.
But little did he know that the ball would swing in the best way possible to crash the off-stump. It is one of the best in-swinging deliveries in cricket history. Clarke couldn’t believe his eyes as to what had happened all of a sudden.
The England players were celebrating the wicket and Jones grabbed the headlines for delivering a gem of delivery on that day. Apart from Clarke’s dismissal, Jones got rid of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.
Happy birthday to Simon Jones, the man who bowled one of the greatest deliveries of the 21st century. pic.twitter.com/iGjKFQCkls
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) December 25, 2020
England were top of the game on most occasions but still, they couldn’t win the third Test as the match ended in a draw at Old Trafford. England scored 444 with the help of Michael Vaughan’s 166. Shane Warne was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4 wickets. Brett Lee also took 4 wickets.
In reply, Australia scored 302. Simon Jones was the pick of the bowlers as he accounted for 6 dismissals, giving away just 53 runs. Ashley Giles picked 3 wickets. Andrew Strauss scored a century and Ian Bell scored 65 in the second innings.
England posted 280/6d. Glenn McGrath picked up a fifer for Australia. The Aussies responded with 371/9 and could have lost the game but managed to keep things safe as they pulled off a draw in the final day. Ricky Ponting top-scored for the visitors with 156.