Brett Lee, fondly known as Binga, is one of the most ferocious bowlers to ever come out of the Australian camp. The pacer, on his day, could easily bowl at speeds of over 150 kmph consistently. On November 8, Binga turned 43 and on this occasion, let us take a look at his fastest deliveries in International cricket.
This ball was bowled in the final match of the Australia tour of South Africa in 2000. Australia had set a total of 206 for South Africa to chase. Mark Boucher and Lance Klusener helped South Africa easily eclipse AUS's total in just 47.5 overs. Brett Lee's figures were an impressive 3/32.
This ball was bowled in the first Test between Australia and South Africa at Johannesburg. Led by Adam Gilchrist's unbeaten 204, Australia made 652 in the first innings before declaring the innings. Brett Lee led the Australian attack with his 3/40 as South Africa got cleaned up at just 159. They were given a follow-on and the whole team fell once again at just 133. Australia won by an innings and 360 runs.
This delivery came in the second Test of the same series at Cape Town. South Africa batted first and posted a total of 239 in the first innings which was easily surpassed by Australia who scored 382. South Africa batted again and posted 473 which Australia chased down, winning the match by four wickets. Brett Lee picked three wickets in this match.
This is one of the fastest recorded deliveries in cricket and happened in the fifth match of the Australia tour of New Zealand at Napier. Australia batted first and with Ricky Ponting's 141 and Adam Gilchrist's 91, Australia posted a very formidable 347. In return, New Zealand could only manage 225 as the Aussie bowling unit led by Michael Kasprowicz's three wickets contained the Black Caps very easily. Lee's figures were 1/34.