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Australia's Wellington Recreates Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century' Magic in Women's Ashes

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: November 15, 2017, 9:16 PM IST
Australia's Wellington Recreates Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century' Magic in Women's Ashes

Image Credits: Australian Women's Cricket Team/ Twitter.

New Delhi: Australian star Amanda-Jade Wellington produced a moment of magic during the inaugural day-night Ashes Test against England, that prompted experts and fans alike to compare the 20-year-old with the legendary Shane Warne.

In the 31st over of the England innings, Wellington — who was playing her debut Ashes Test — castled Tammy Beaumont to provide the hosts with their first wicket of the day. The ball landed outside the leg-stump but spun sharply and cleaned up Beaumont's off-stump, forcing everybody — who witnessed it — to compare it with Warne's magical delivery to Mike Gatting in 1993.

The social media account of the Australian Women's Cricket Team posed the video online and the Twitter post read: "GOT HER! That is a stunning delivery from Wellington! Wow. A moment of magic at North Sydney Oval #WomensAshes"

The movement of the ball was eerily similar to Warne's delivery, with which he castled Gatting in the Manchester Test. This legendary delivery from the leg-spinner was given the title of 'Ball of the Century' by the experts.

This delivery will certainly help the confidence of the 20-year-old Wellington, who replaced experience spinner Kirsten Beams for this particular contest.

Meanwhile, the day-night Test ended in a draw after England skipper Heather Knight led from the front and scored a fighting 79 to keep the Aussies at bay. Earlier, Australian star Ellyse Perry slammed a stunning double ton but in the end wasn't enough for them to clinch victory in the match.

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First Published: November 15, 2017, 9:06 PM IST

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