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 Test Cricket - Bowling - Career Averages and Ratings
Best Bowling Averages (minimum 50 wickets)  
  Player Country Career Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Avg   Best 5w 10w
1 Lohmann, G A England 1886-1896 18 801.0 364 1205 112 10.76 9/28 9 5
2 Ferris, J J England 1887-1892 9 533.3 251 775 61 12.70 7/37 6 1
3 Barnes, W England 1880-1890 21 569.1 271 793 51 15.55 6/28 3 0
4 Bates, W England 1881-1887 15 591.0 282 821 50 16.42 7/28 4 1
5 Barnes, S F England 1901-1914 27 1312.1 356 3106 189 16.43 9/103 24 7
6 Turner, C T B Australia 1887-1895 17 1057.2 457 1670 101 16.53 7/43 11 2
7 Peel, R England 1884-1896 20 1073.3 444 1715 101 16.98 7/31 5 1
8 Briggs, J England 1884-1899 33 1052.3 385 2094 118 17.75 8/11 9 4
9 Ironmonger, H Australia 1928-1933 14 782.3 328 1330 74 17.97 7/23 4 2
10 Spofforth, F R Australia 1877-1887 18 1046.1 416 1731 94 18.41 7/44 7 4
11 Tyson, F H England 1954-1959 17 490.4 97 1411 76 18.57 7/27 4 1
12 Blythe, C England 1901-1910 19 757.4 231 1863 100 18.63 8/59 9 4
13 Wardle, J H England 1948-1957 28 1029.1 403 2080 102 20.39 7/36 5 1
14 Ulyett, G England 1877-1890 25 654.2 299 1020 50 20.40 7/36 1 0
15 Davidson, A K Australia 1953-1963 44 1662.3 431 3819 186 20.53 7/93 14 2
16 Higgs, K England 1965-1968 15 675.2 194 1473 71 20.75 6/91 2 0
17 Marshall, M D West Indies 1978-1991 81 2930.4 613 7876 376 20.95 7/22 22 4
18 Garner, J West Indies 1977-1987 58 2194.5 575 5433 259 20.98 6/56 7 0
19 Ambrose, C E L West Indies 1988-2000 98 3683.5 1001 8502 405 20.99 8/45 22 3
20 Adcock, N A T South Africa 1953-1962 26 917.3 218 2195 104 21.11 6/43 5 0
21 Whitty, W J Australia 1909-1912 14 559.3 163 1373 65 21.12 6/17 3 0
22 Laker, J C England 1948-1959 46 1913.3 674 4101 193 21.25 10/53 9 3
23 Palmer, G E Australia 1880-1886 17 1129.1 452 1678 78 21.51 7/65 6 2
24 Trueman, F S England 1952-1965 67 2447.4 522 6625 307 21.58 8/31 17 3
25 McGrath, G D Australia 1993-2007 124 4874.4 1470 12186 563 21.64 8/24 29 3
26 Trumble, H Australia 1890-1904 32 1431.2 452 3072 141 21.79 8/65 9 3
27 Philander, V D* South Africa 2011- 29 952.5 233 2657 121 21.96 6/44 9 2
28 Bond, S E New Zealand 2001-2009 18 562.0 113 1922 87 22.09 6/51 5 1
29 Donald, A A South Africa 1992-2002 72 2586.3 661 7344 330 22.25 8/71 20 3
30 Hadlee, R J New Zealand 1973-1990 86 3460.4 809 9611 431 22.30 9/52 36 9
31 Bowes, W E England 1932-1946 15 585.5 131 1519 68 22.34 6/33 6 0
32 Steyn, D W* South Africa 2004- 78 2747.4 591 8932 396 22.56 7/51 25 5
33 O'Reilly, W J Australia 1932-1946 27 1588.0 585 3254 144 22.60 7/54 11 3
34 Muralitharan, M Sri Lanka 1992-2010 133 7339.5 1792 18180 800 22.73 9/51 67 22
35 Saunders, J V Australia 1902-1908 14 594.1 116 1796 79 22.73 7/34 6 0
36 Vogler, A E E South Africa 1906-1911 15 460.4 96 1455 64 22.73 7/94 5 1
37 Imran Khan Pakistan 1971-1992 88 3106.0 727 8258 362 22.81 8/58 23 6
38 Miller, K R Australia 1946-1956 55 1496.1 337 3906 170 22.98 7/60 7 1
39 Lindwall, R R Australia 1946-1960 61 1970.2 419 5251 228 23.03 7/38 12 0
40 Shabbir Ahmed Pakistan 2003-2005 10 429.2 97 1175 51 23.04 5/48 2 0
41 Pollock, S M South Africa 1995-2008 108 4058.5 1211 9733 421 23.12 7/87 16 1
42 Croft, C E H West Indies 1977-1982 27 1027.3 211 2913 125 23.30 8/29 3 0
43 Harris, R J* Australia 2010- 27 956.0 258 2658 113 23.52 7/117 5 0
44 Waqar Younis Pakistan 1989-2003 87 2704.0 516 8788 373 23.56 7/76 22 5
45 Wasim Akram Pakistan 1985-2002 104 3771.1 871 9779 414 23.62 7/119 25 5
46 Holding, M A West Indies 1975-1987 60 2066.4 459 5898 249 23.69 8/92 13 2
47 Clark, S R Australia 2006-2009 24 857.4 230 2243 94 23.86 5/32 2 0
48 Pervez Sajjad Pakistan 1964-1973 19 676.1 217 1410 59 23.90 7/74 3 0
49 Johnston, W A Australia 1947-1955 40 1515.0 372 3826 160 23.91 6/44 7 0
50 Lillee, D K Australia 1971-1984 70 2834.1 652 8493 355 23.92 7/83 23 7
51 Khan Mohammad Pakistan 1952-1958 13 526.1 153 1292 54 23.93 6/21 4 0
52 Pollock, P M South Africa 1961-1970 28 1034.0 270 2806 116 24.19 6/38 9 1
53 Grimmett, C V Australia 1925-1936 37 2408.3 736 5231 216 24.22 7/40 21 7
54 De Villiers, P S South Africa 1993-1998 18 800.5 221 2061 85 24.25 6/23 5 2
55 Bishop, I R West Indies 1989-1998 43 1411.1 288 3911 161 24.29 6/40 6 0
56 Verity, H England 1931-1939 40 1692.3 604 3510 144 24.38 8/43 5 2
57 Walsh, C A West Indies 1984-2001 132 5003.1 1144 12684 519 24.44 7/37 22 3
58 Mohammad Asif Pakistan 2005-2010 23 862.4 196 2592 106 24.45 6/41 7 1
59 Reid, B A Australia 1985-1992 27 1040.4 244 2784 113 24.64 7/51 5 2
60 Fazal Mahmood Pakistan 1952-1962 34 1639.0 563 3434 139 24.71 7/42 13 4

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