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# If a bowler bowls a cricket ball at 90 miles per hour how long will it take to get to the batsmen?

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2010-05-24 17:15:42

just over half a second

I refer you to the answer on this site by apepper to a similar question regarding a bowler reaching 65mph rather than 90mph;

"Its not possible to give an exact answer as the ball will slow down through the air and when it bounces, but 65 mph is approximately 32 yards per second, so it will take around 2/3 second to reach the batsman."

There are other questions to be considered - Exactly when and where (and how) are you measuring the speed of the ball? Jeff Thompson (Australian fast bowler) was believed/measured to reach 112mph or 180kph in French money, "from out of hand". i.e. the fastest point in its flight.

That second paragraph was not written by apepper but I cannot figure out how to switch off italics even though I seem to have managed it.

Also, if you consider the point at which the ball leaves the bowler's hand, it will be beyond the "popping crease" - this is the white line beyond which a bowler is not allowed to step whilst still holding the ball. Couldn't resist getting Michael Holding in there - another plus 100mph bowler. Because they are leaning forward, a six foot seven bowler (and some are) can reduce the length of the wicket by at least a yard before he even releases the ball. Other factors such as a following wind, a sloping wicket or perhaps an inconsistency in the flatness of the wicket - for example a little "hump" that the ball hits on its downside may affect the speed of the ball before it arrives at its victim.

Whatever you believe it is incontestable that - at top-level - a batsman has less than one-half of one second to "read" that ball, select a stroke, and play it. Yet they do. Someimes they smack it out of the ground. How do they do that? I can't even walk. It reminds me of that "proof" that shows that bees cannot possibly fly.

We will never know who was/is/will be "The Fastest Bowler". Which is probably just as well because you certainly would not enjoy facing any of the candidates.

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2010-05-24 17:15:42
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