England and Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson has revealed that Shane Warne reached out to him on Twitter after his stunning delivery to Adam Rossington went viral and was dubbed the new ‘ball of the century’.
Warne famously removed Mike Gatting with the ‘ball of the century’ on day two of the first Ashes Test at Old Trafford in 1993.
Roll the clocks forward nearly 18 years and Parkinson created a similar moment of magic against Northants in his first County Championship game of the season, getting one to grip and remove Adam Rossington.
The greatest wicket taking delivery by a blonde haired leggy at @EmiratesOT?
We can't think of any better, @mattyparky96… 😉
— Lancashire Cricket (@lancscricket) April 16, 2021
For obvious reasons, people have been quick to compare the two and, speaking on our latest episode of Barmy Army TV, Parkinson revealed he’d even received a message from the blonde Aussie spinner.
“He tweeted me actually,” the England man explained. “Vaughany tweeted but they got my @ wrong. Vaughany tweeted at some random bloke, I don’t know who it was.
“And then Warney tweeted something like ‘Was that the first ball of his summer too. Well bowled’. I just liked it and cracked on.”
Warne wasn’t the only one either, with Parkinson revealing that his jaffer had caused quite a stir.
He said: “(Simon) Kerrigan, who I’m quite close mates with was smacking me around a bit. I was really frustrated and I just drove it in, luckily clipped the rough and bowled him.
“That one blew up massively. I went on my phone at tea and there were messages everywhere, everyone was retweeting it.
“I don’t think I’m going to live that one down for a while I don’t reckon.”
It’s not taken Parkinson long to produce another absolute rip-snorter as he got one to turn squad and clip Sussex’s Delray Rawlings off-stump late last month. Honestly, this guy really is some talent!
🤯 @mattyparky96 🤯
He's been at it again… 👇
— Lancashire Cricket (@lancscricket) May 4, 2021
Hopefully, we see him doing the same in England whites soon!