Shane Warne beat Mike Gatting with a ball which has gone down in history

VIDEO: 25 years since the Ball of the Century

It is 25 years ago today that Shane Warne was unleashed on the British cricket-loving public.

His astonishing delivery to Mike Gatting in the first Test at Old Trafford on June 4, 1993 has, as we all know, gone down in history as the Ball of the Century.

Graham Gooch’s England went on to suffer a 179-run defeat.

The game was also notable for the fact that Gooch was given out handled the ball following a delivery from Merv Hughes.

He had scored 133 at the time.

Warne was awarded player of the match for his eight wickets.

Four players made their Test debuts in the match: Peter Such and Andrew Caddick for England and Brendan Julian and Michael Slater for Australia.

Later in the summer, Warne played in the Australian team which visited Canterbury for a three-day game at the St Lawrence Ground.

The Australians beat a Kent side captained by Mark Benson by 89 runs.

Kent’s team also contained David Fulton, Trevor Ward, Nigel Llong, Graham Cowdrey, Steve Marsh, Mark Ealham, Richard Ellison, Richard Davis, Min Patel and Alan Igglesden.

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