Top all time wicket takers in Test cricket


Top all time wicket takers in Test cricket

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In a recent thread, Paddles, put up some great statistics showing the top 20 - 30 bowlers in Test cricket.

I'm hoping someone can post the same table he had here.

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Decentric - 15 Sep 2019 10:37 AM
In a recent thread, Paddles, put up some great statistics showing the top 20 - 30 bowlers in Test cricket.

I'm hoping someone can post the same table he had here.

Cheers

Most wickets
PlayerSpanMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR510
M Muralitharan (ICC/SL)1992-201013323044039181808009/5116/22022.722.4755.06722
SK Warne (AUS)1992-200714527340705179957088/7112/12825.412.6557.43710
A Kumble (INDIA)1990-2008132236408501835561910/7414/14929.652.6965.9358
JM Anderson (ENG)2003-201914927832359154915757/4211/7126.942.8756.2273
GD McGrath (AUS)1993-200712424329248121865638/2410/2721.642.4951.9293
CA Walsh (WI)1984-200113224230019126885197/3713/5524.442.5357.8223
SCJ Broad (ENG)2007-201913224326950133904678/1511/12128.672.9857.7172
DW Steyn (SA)2004-20199317118608100774397/5111/6022.953.2442.3265
N Kapil Dev (INDIA)1978-199413122727740128674349/8311/14629.642.7863.9232
HMRKB Herath (SL)1999-20189317025993121574339/12714/18428.072.8060.0349
Sir RJ Hadlee (NZ)1973-1990861502191896114319/5215/12322.292.6350.8369
SM Pollock (SA)1995-20081082022435397334217/8710/14723.112.3957.8161
Harbhajan Singh (INDIA)1998-201510319028580135374178/8415/21732.462.8468.5255
Wasim Akram (PAK)1985-20021041812262797794147/11911/11023.622.5954.6255
CEL Ambrose (WI)1988-2000981792210385014058/4511/8420.992.3054.5223
M Ntini (SA)1998-200910119020834112423907/3713/13228.823.2353.4184
IT Botham (ENG)1977-199210216821815108783838/3413/10628.402.9956.9274
MD Marshall (WI)1978-1991811511758478763767/2211/8920.942.6846.7224
Waqar Younis (PAK)1989-2003871541622487883737/7613/13523.563.2543.4225
NM Lyon (AUS)2011-20199117423360117273638/5013/15432.303.0164.3152
Imran Khan (PAK)1971-1992881421945882583628/5814/11622.812.5453.7236
DL Vettori (ICC/NZ)1997-201411318728814124413627/8712/14934.362.5979.5203
DK Lillee (AUS)1971-1984701321846784933557/8311/12323.922.7552.0237
WPUJC Vaas (SL)1994-200911119423438105013557/7114/19129.582.6866.0122
R Ashwin (INDIA)2011-2018651221837287003427/5913/14025.432.8453.7267
AA Donald (SA)1992-2002721291551973443308/7112/13922.252.8347.0203
RGD Willis (ENG)1971-1984901651735781903258/439/9225.202.8353.4160
MG Johnson (AUS)2007-2015731401600188913138/6112/12728.403.3351.1123
Z Khan (INDIA)2000-20149216518785102473117/8710/14932.943.2760.4111
B Lee (AUS)1999-2008761501653195543105/309/17130.813.4653.3100
M Morkel (SA)2006-2018861601649885503096/239/11027.663.1053.380
LR Gibbs (WI)1958-1976791482711589893098/3811/15729.091.9887.7182
FS Trueman (ENG)1952-1965671271517866253078/3112/11921.572.6149.4173
DL Underwood (ENG)1966-1982861512186276742978/5113/7125.832.1073.6176
JH Kallis (ICC/SA)1995-20131662722023295352926/549/9232.652.8269.250
CJ McDermott (AUS)1984-1996711241658683322918/9711/15728.633.0156.9142
I Sharma (INDIA)2007-2019921651749492902787/7410/10833.413.1862.991
BS Bedi (INDIA)1966-1979671182136476372667/9810/19428.712.1480.3141
Danish Kaneria (PAK)2000-2010611121769790822617/7712/9434.793.0767.8152
J Garner (WI)1977-1987581111316954332596/569/10820.972.4750.870
JN Gillespie (AUS)1996-2006711371423467702597/379/8026.132.8554.980
GP Swann (ENG)2008-2013601091534976422556/6510/13229.962.9860.1173
TA Boult (NZ)2011-2019631191398669472546/3010/8027.352.9855.081
JB Statham (ENG)1951-1965701291605662612527/3911/9724.842.3363.791
TG Southee (NZ)2008-2019671251487075062517/6410/10829.903.0259.281
MA Holding (WI)1975-1987601131268058982498/9214/14923.682.7950.9132
R Benaud (AUS)1952-1964631161910867042487/7211/10527.032.1077.0161
MJ Hoggard (ENG)2000-2008671221390975642487/6112/20530.503.2656.071
GD McKenzie (AUS)1961-1971601131768173282468/7110/9129.782.4871.8163
BS Chandrasekhar (INDIA)1964-197958971596371992428/7912/10429.742.7065.9162
AV Bedser (ENG)1946-195551921591858762367/4414/9924.892.2167.4155
J Srinath (INDIA)1991-2002671211510471962368/8613/13230.492.8564.0101
Abdul Qadir (PAK)1977-1990671111712677422369/5613/10132.802.7172.5155
GS Sobers (WI)1954-1974931592159979992356/738/8034.032.2291.960
AR Caddick (ENG)1993-2003621051355869992347/4610/21529.913.0957.9131
CS Martin (NZ)2000-2013711261402678782336/2611/18033.813.3760.1101
D Gough (ENG)1994-200358951182165032296/429/9228.393.3051.690
RR Lindwall (AUS)1946-1960611131365052512287/389/7023.032.3059.8120
SJ Harmison (ENG/ICC)2002-2009631151337571922267/1211/7631.823.2259.181
A Flintoff (ENG/ICC)1998-2009791371495174102265/588/15632.782.9766.130
PM Siddle (AUS)2008-2019671261390767772216/549/10430.662.9262.980
CL Cairns (NZ)1989-2004621041169864102187/2710/10029.403.2853.6131
CV Grimmett (AUS)1925-193637671451352312167/4014/19924.212.1667.1217
HH Streak (ZIM)1993-2005651021355960792166/739/7228.142.6962.770
MA Starc (AUS)2011-201952991076060772156/5011/9428.263.3850.0112
VD Philander (SA)2011-2019581091042046322146/2110/10221.642.6648.6132
MG Hughes (AUS)1985-199453971228560172128/8713/21728.382.9357.971
Shakib Al Hasan (BDESH)2007-201956951302065372107/3610/12431.123.0162.0182
SCG MacGill (AUS)1998-200844851123760382088/10812/10729.023.2254.0122
Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK)1995-200449861407062062088/16410/15529.832.6467.6133
Yasir Shah (PAK)2014-201935671129358322038/4114/18428.723.0955.6163
AME Roberts (WI)1974-198347901113551742027/5412/12125.612.7855.1112
JA Snow (ENG)1965-197649931202153872027/4010/14226.662.6859.581
JR Thomson (AUS)1972-198551901053556012006/469/10528.003.1852.680


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When I was a kid, it was all about reaching the 300 wicket club to be a test great, for some on here more seasoned than my myself, it would have possibly been the 200 club. 

I notice people don't really talk about the wicket club anymore.
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Thanks, Paddles.

I'm just fascinated looking at this list.

Same with the batting list.

There many bowlers who have played many more Tests particularly  from other countries who have been far more successful over a sustained career than I realised.

I'm just popping in for  a few mins, bu tooth the batten gan bowling threads are fascinating.

I had no idea Chris Martin and Matthew Hoggard took more wickets in their careers than Flintoff and Harmison.

Nathan Lyon is similar to Imran Khan, although the latter bowled on a lot of Pakistani wickets.
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Decentric - 19 Sep 2019 12:09 AM
Thanks, Paddles.

I'm just fascinated looking at this list.

Same with the batting list.

There many bowlers who have played many more Tests particularly  from other countries who have been far more successful over a sustained career than I realised.

I'm just popping in for  a few mins, bu tooth the batten gan bowling threads are fascinating.

I had no idea Chris Martin and Matthew Hoggard took more wickets in their careers than Flintoff and Harmison.

Nathan Lyon is similar to Imran Khan, although the latter bowled on a lot of Pakistani wickets.

o_O

Imran Khan was a pace spear head, who until he injured his leg in 1983, was on target to be the greatest bowler who ever lived. Those Pakistan pitches were initially quite unfavourable for him, but eventually Pakistan managed to find ways for Pakistani pitches to suit their swing bowlers. :P Imran managed to play many more years again after 1983 (hey had a 21 year long long career -71 to 92, incredible!), but was never the same, but his batting became more prominent. Widely proclaimed to be the 2nd best allrounder in history after Sobers, personally - I think it may actually be Khan giving his immense bowling talent despite Sober's batting talent. I don't see many things similar between an allrounder fast bowling great like  Imran who took wickets at 22.81 - playing in Pakistan - seriously check Lillee's record there (he averages over 100!), and a right arm spinner who bats number 11 like Lyon taking wickets at 32?

Lyon is outperforming an allrounder he does have more in common with the ball in Vettori as a finger spinner. But imo DV post back surgery barely turned the ball and played in the era of huge batting scores. Someone could say Lyon is a better bowler than DV and I'll accept that, though. Vettori mach 2 without Bond, was very very very ordinary. He was good before back surgery though as a kid when he spun the ball.

Chris Martin was absolutely ordinary, unless bowling to left handers. He swung it, but not much. Lefties he got the angle really well. But most batsmen ar right handed. So teams nullified him. He nearly bowled us to a win in India, but Bennett got injured and we were a bowler down and lost to a Harbijan century. I kid you not, Bhaji put a century on us with his filthy slogging :( The Martin era was bad for NZC fans. The main reason being, we had Bond, but he was always ICL banned or injured. It really hurt. Cos when Bond was the attack leader, even Vettori became a world class bowler. I can statsguru this if you don't believe me. Without Bond, that team was just horrid for the 2000's. The NZ team went into a turnaround in late 2012, when Boult emerged. Boult isn't great, but Southee, Wagner, as a trio are three good bowlers. But between 1990 post Hadlee in England, and 2012, NZ was only ever much chop when Bond was around. We totally relied on him to win games in the 2000's. Cairns did well, and won us a series in England in 1999, but again, he is a famous allrounder, not a genuine famous attack leader.


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InnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10
Tests183233721922876/5110/9922.093.4138.7751
Just look at Bond's strike rate. His whole career is frustrating from a NZ pov. We knew we had the best strike bowler in the world, who could swing, reverse swing, and bowl 150 clicks, and he was always injured or banned. It was really frustrating.

After losing Grimett, NZ cricket really simply has a Cowie era who played only 9 tests in 12 years but starred for  (the 48's), http://www.espncricinfo.com/newzealand/content/player/36616.html -

and then bar Bruce Taylor, nothing till Hadlee. 


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J Cowie1937-19499132028969456/4010/14021.532.8645.041investigate this query
SE Bond2001-2009183233721922876/5110/9922.093.4138.751investigate this query
Sir RJ Hadlee1973-1990861502191896114319/5215/12322.292.6350.8369investigate this query
GF Cresswell1949-195134650292136/1686/16822.462.6950.010investigate this query
WER Somerville2018-201936818352144/757/12725.142.5858.400investigate this query
BR Taylor1965-19733053633429531117/749/18226.602.7957.040investigate this query
TA Boult2011-2019631191398669472546/3010/8027.352.9855.081investigate this query
N Wagner2012-20194279916747881747/399/7327.513.1352.670investigate this query
DJ Nash1992-2001325361962649936/2711/16928.482.5666.631investigate this query
MR Gillespie2007-201258868631226/1136/14228.684.3639.430investigate this query
GR Larsen1994-19968141967689243/575/8828.702.1081.900investigate this query
RO Collinge1965-19783562768933931166/639/16629.252.6466.230investigate this query
SB Doull1992-2000325160532872987/659/11429.302.8461.760investigate this query
HT Davis1994-1997591010499175/636/9829.352.9659.410investigate this query
CL Cairns1989-2004621041169864102187/2710/10029.403.2853.6131investigate this query
FJ Cameron1961-1965193545701849625/349/7029.822.4273.730investigate this query
TG Southee2008-2019671251487075062517/6410/10829.903.0259.281investigate this query
CJ Drum2001-200259806482163/365/16630.123.5850.300investigate this query
C de Grandhomme2016-2019183325731070356/417/6430.572.4973.510investigate this query
AR MacGibbon1951-1958263756592160705/648/10530.852.2980.810investigate this query
RC Motz1961-19693255703431481006/638/11331.482.6870.350investigate this query
DR Tuffey2000-2010264548772445776/549/11631.753.0063.320investigate this query
EJ Chatfield1975-198943731036039581236/7310/12432.172.2984.231investigate this query
AY Patel2018-20197121589708225/597/12332.182.6772.220investigate this query
SB O'Connor1997-2001193436671724535/517/10432.522.8269.110investigate this query
BL Cairns1974-198543721062842801307/7410/14432.922.4181.761investigate this query
GA Bartlett1961-196810181768792246/386/9033.002.6873.610investigate this query
KD Mills2004-2009193129021453444/166/7733.023.0065.900investigate this query
JDP Oram2002-2009335549641983604/416/6333.052.3982.700investigate this query
IE O'Brien2005-2009223743942429736/757/16533.273.3160.110investigate this query
JR Reid1949-1965587277252835856/606/6033.352.2090.810investigate this query
DR Hadlee1969-1978264448832389714/307/6133.642.9368.700investigate this query
CS Martin2000-2013711261402678782336/2611/18033.813.3760.1101investigate this query
JEC Franklin2001-2013315447672786826/1197/11733.973.5058.130investigate this query
DL Vettori1997-201411218528652123303617/8712/14934.152.5879.3203investigate this query
MB Owens1992-19948121074585174/995/13734.413.2663.100investigate this query
SL Boock1978-1989304865982564747/878/15634.642.3389.140investigate this query
W Watson1986-1993152534861387406/786/9034.672.3887.110investigate this query
DK Morrison1987-199748761006455491607/898/8334.683.3062.9100investigate this query
The even sadder thing, bowling historically has been our stronger suit. But we are finally producing batsmen, now. And left the likes of Ryder, Munro, Young out of the team, cos we have supplies.
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Most wickets
PlayerSpanMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR510
M Muralitharan (ICC/SL)1992-201013323044039181808009/5116/22022.722.4755.06722
SK Warne (AUS)1992-200714527340705179957088/7112/12825.412.6557.43710
A Kumble (INDIA)1990-2008132236408501835561910/7414/14929.652.6965.9358
JM Anderson (ENG)2003-201914927832359154915757/4211/7126.942.8756.2273
GD McGrath (AUS)1993-200712424329248121865638/2410/2721.642.4951.9293
CA Walsh (WI)1984-200113224230019126885197/3713/5524.442.5357.8223
SCJ Broad (ENG)2007-201913224326950133904678/1511/12128.672.9857.7172
DW Steyn (SA)2004-20199317118608100774397/5111/6022.953.2442.3265
N Kapil Dev (INDIA)1978-199413122727740128674349/8311/14629.642.7863.9232
HMRKB Herath (SL)1999-20189317025993121574339/12714/18428.072.8060.0349
Sir RJ Hadlee (NZ)1973-1990861502191896114319/5215/12322.292.6350.8369
SM Pollock (SA)1995-20081082022435397334217/8710/14723.112.3957.8161
Harbhajan Singh (INDIA)1998-201510319028580135374178/8415/21732.462.8468.5255
Wasim Akram (PAK)1985-20021041812262797794147/11911/11023.622.5954.6255
CEL Ambrose (WI)1988-2000981792210385014058/4511/8420.992.3054.5223
M Ntini (SA)1998-200910119020834112423907/3713/13228.823.2353.4184
IT Botham (ENG)1977-199210216821815108783838/3413/10628.402.9956.9274
MD Marshall (WI)1978-1991811511758478763767/2211/8920.942.6846.7224
Waqar Younis (PAK)1989-2003871541622487883737/7613/13523.563.2543.4225
NM Lyon (AUS)2011-20199117423360117273638/5013/15432.303.0164.3152
Imran Khan (PAK)1971-1992881421945882583628/5814/11622.812.5453.7236
DL Vettori (ICC/NZ)1997-201411318728814124413627/8712/14934.362.5979.5203
DK Lillee (AUS)1971-1984701321846784933557/8311/12323.922.7552.0237
WPUJC Vaas (SL)1994-200911119423438105013557/7114/19129.582.6866.0122
R Ashwin (INDIA)2011-2018651221837287003427/5913/14025.432.8453.7267
AA Donald (SA)1992-2002721291551973443308/7112/13922.252.8347.0203
RGD Willis (ENG)1971-1984901651735781903258/439/9225.202.8353.4160
MG Johnson (AUS)2007-2015731401600188913138/6112/12728.403.3351.1123
Z Khan (INDIA)2000-20149216518785102473117/8710/14932.943.2760.4111
B Lee (AUS)1999-2008761501653195543105/309/17130.813.4653.3100
M Morkel (SA)2006-2018861601649885503096/239/11027.663.1053.380
LR Gibbs (WI)1958-1976791482711589893098/3811/15729.091.9887.7182
FS Trueman (ENG)1952-1965671271517866253078/3112/11921.572.6149.4173
DL Underwood (ENG)1966-1982861512186276742978/5113/7125.832.1073.6176
JH Kallis (ICC/SA)1995-20131662722023295352926/549/9232.652.8269.250
CJ McDermott (AUS)1984-1996711241658683322918/9711/15728.633.0156.9142
I Sharma (INDIA)2007-2019921651749492902787/7410/10833.413.1862.991
BS Bedi (INDIA)1966-1979671182136476372667/9810/19428.712.1480.3141
Danish Kaneria (PAK)2000-2010611121769790822617/7712/9434.793.0767.8152
J Garner (WI)1977-1987581111316954332596/569/10820.972.4750.870
JN Gillespie (AUS)1996-2006711371423467702597/379/8026.132.8554.980
GP Swann (ENG)2008-2013601091534976422556/6510/13229.962.9860.1173
TA Boult (NZ)2011-2019631191398669472546/3010/8027.352.9855.081
JB Statham (ENG)1951-1965701291605662612527/3911/9724.842.3363.791
TG Southee (NZ)2008-2019671251487075062517/6410/10829.903.0259.281
MA Holding (WI)1975-1987601131268058982498/9214/14923.682.7950.9132
R Benaud (AUS)1952-1964631161910867042487/7211/10527.032.1077.0161
MJ Hoggard (ENG)2000-2008671221390975642487/6112/20530.503.2656.071
GD McKenzie (AUS)1961-1971601131768173282468/7110/9129.782.4871.8163
BS Chandrasekhar (INDIA)1964-197958971596371992428/7912/10429.742.7065.9162
AV Bedser (ENG)1946-195551921591858762367/4414/9924.892.2167.4155
J Srinath (INDIA)1991-2002671211510471962368/8613/13230.492.8564.0101
Abdul Qadir (PAK)1977-1990671111712677422369/5613/10132.802.7172.5155
GS Sobers (WI)1954-1974931592159979992356/738/8034.032.2291.960
AR Caddick (ENG)1993-2003621051355869992347/4610/21529.913.0957.9131
CS Martin (NZ)2000-2013711261402678782336/2611/18033.813.3760.1101
D Gough (ENG)1994-200358951182165032296/429/9228.393.3051.690
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Shows Anderson took almost two extra years and 27 extra matches to pass McGraths record. Sizeable difference in their respective averages and strike rates. Also shows clearly that Kallis was a moderate bowler. On those modest figures he'd never be picked for that discipline alone so rules out being labelled a genuine all rounder. An outstanding batsmen who bowled.
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baggygreenmania - 19 Sep 2019 2:33 PM
Paddles - 18 Sep 2019 11:14 AM

Shows Anderson took almost two extra years and 27 extra matches to pass McGraths record. Sizeable difference in their respective averages and strike rates. Also shows clearly that Kallis was a moderate bowler. On those modest figures he'd never be picked for that discipline alone so rules out being labelled a genuine all rounder. An outstanding batsmen who bowled.

Agree with all the above to be honest bar the genuine allrounder thing. I'm not sure I agree with the term. I think you can have a stronger suit of batting, to be a 5th bowler. I think there are two types, batting ar and bowling ar. Khan is a bowling AR, though he may have made the team on his batting later. Sobers as a bowler? Very poor SR.  Worse