Known as “Thommo”, he is considered by many in the sport to be the fastest bowler of all time. He was the opening partner of fellow fast bowler Dennis Lillee; their combination was one of the most fearsome in Test cricket history.
Thomson had an unusual but highly effective slinging delivery action. In December 1975, after the second test match against the West Indies at the WACA, he was timed with a release speed of 160.45 km/h.
Most cricketers, experts and viewers who have watched cricket from at least the 1970s rate Thomson as the fastest they have ever seen. Richie Benaud rated Thomson as the fastest he had seen since Frank Tyson. Australian wicket-keeper Rod Marsh claimed that Thomson bowled upwards of 180 km/h.
West Indian batting legend Viv Richards, rates Thomson as the fastest he has ever faced. Richards’ opinion counts for a lot, as he faced almost all the fastest bowlers of all time through the 1970s and 1980s. Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar also reckons Thomson was the fastest he faced over a career spanning over 20 years.