Unplayable! Is this the bowl of the 21st century?
THE man who famously bowled the ball of the 20th century has an early nomination for ball of the 21st century.
Mitchell Starc gave the WACA a magic moment to sign off on Sunday with the most unplayable seed of the summer.
Shane Warne went one step further and claimed poor Englishman James Vince may have just joined his own Mike Gatting as victims in the "ball of the century" hall of fame.
The spiritual home of fast bowling has seen some greats pass through its gates, from Dennis Lillee to Curtly Ambrose, who once took seven wickets for one run in a spell, to Malcolm Marshall, and of course the rampaging Merv Hughes who took 13 wickets in a losing Test.
Starc once broke the 160km/h barrier in Perth, but he saved his best until last as Ashes cricket prepares to farewell the fast bowler's paradise that is the WACA.
Charging in with the wind at his back, Starc sent down a beast of a delivery that no batsman in the world would have been good enough to keep out.
With a hint of reverse swing and the benefit of hitting a crack, the ball was angled expertly into the batsman and seamed away to the point where the well-set James Vince missed it by 10cm as it cannoned into his off-stump and sent the zing bails flying.
Vince said he was rendered powerless.
"It's still frustrating to get out but they're a bit easier to take than the ones where you feel you're at fault yourself," said Vince.
"If I faced that another 20 or 30 times I think it would get me out every time."
Channel Nine measured the deviation off the wicket as 42cm - the definition of unplayable.
It was instantly hailed as "the ball of the summer" by Mark Taylor in commentary as a mystified Vince could only stare disbelievingly back down the pitch at the hurricane that had just struck.
Bowling mate Josh Hazlewood said Starc had a little luck from the crack, but that the delivery was a pearler.
"I'd agree with that. It's just one of those ones that hits the crack and does quite a fair bit," said Hazlewood.
"It was a pretty special ball."
Warne's most famous moment in Test cricket was the enchanting leg-spinner that drifted from outside off to outside leg-stump, only to snap back and tickle just one bail - the off-bail.
The sultan of spin believes Starc's ball ought to also go down in fast bowling folklore.
"Ball of the Ashes and possibly the ball of the 21st century too," said Warne.
"Starc is on fire here in the west!"
Another Perth king, Mitchell Johnson was also left speechless.
Starc pointed his finger back down the wicket at Vince as he sprinted down to celebrate with teammates, but there was no need to say a word - the delivery spoke for itself.
Officials at the new Perth Stadium which will host all major international cricket from later this summer, are hoping to replicate WACA-like conditions with their new pitch.
Starc is one man who will be hoping that's the case.
Early indications from the Perth Stadium's first hit-out was that the pitch was up and down, but it was a first-up training wheels run which should improve by the time it hosts big time BBL later in the summer.