Ball of the Century, the



  • noun the ball with which Shane Warne dismissed Mike Gatting in the 1st Test of the 1993 Ashes series, at Old Trafford on 4 June 1993. The ball pitched outside leg, and turned sharply to hit off stump. Gatting’s expression said it all. This was Warne’s first delivery in an Ashes game, and it immediately achieved almost mythical status.
    Citation ‘In 1993, Old Trafford was the scene of his defining hour, the Ball of the century that bamboozled Mike Gatting and put a hex on an entire generation of English batsmen’ (Andrew Miller, Cricinfo 10 August 2005)