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 Test Cricket - Bowling Records and Statistics - Career Averages and Ratings
Bowling Averages - Comparison Between Final 2 Years and Earlier Career
 (Retired with minimum 100 Wickets and minimum 5 matches in Final 2 Years)

  Improved by 5% or more    Worsened by 5% or more

Player Country Career
Average
Career
S/R
  Prior to Final 2 Years   Final 2 Years   Variation
Mats Wkts Avg S/R Mat Wkts Avg S/R Avg S/R
Dharmasena, H D P K Sri Lanka 36.22 50.79   123 127 35.01 48.57   18 11 50.18 76.45   15.17 27.89
Aaqib Javed Pakistan 31.43 44.02   134 146 31.76 45.71   29 36 30.11 37.19   -1.65   -8.51
Abdul Razzaq Pakistan 31.84 40.67   237 254 31.12 39.78   28 15 43.93 55.87   12.81 16.09
Abdur Razzak Bangladesh 29.30 38.48   133 185 28.13 37.64   20 22 39.14 45.55   11.01 7.91
Agarkar, A B India 27.85 32.93   139 217 27.05 31.89   52 71 30.31 36.11   3.26   4.22  
Ambrose, C E L West Indies 24.13 41.57   151 204 23.14 39.47   25 21 33.76 62.00   10.62 22.53
Benjamin, W K M West Indies 30.79 44.42   60 69 32.39 46.91   25 31 27.23 38.87   -5.17 -8.04
Bishop, I R West Indies 26.50 36.71   60 97 22.98 32.86   24 21 42.76 54.52   19.78 21.67
Bond, S E New Zealand 20.88 29.22   67 125 19.33 27.57   15 22 29.73 38.59   10.40 11.02
Botham, I T England 28.54 43.25   98 118 29.75 44.65   18 27 23.26 37.11   -6.49 -7.54
Bracken, N W Australia 24.37 33.10   67 112 21.37 29.49   49 62 29.79 39.61   8.42 10.12
Cairns, C L New Zealand 32.81 40.64   177 161 33.16 41.75   38 40 31.40 36.15   -1.76   -5.60
Chandana, U D U Sri Lanka 31.91 40.68   133 138 31.13 40.07   14 13 40.15 47.15   9.02 7.09
Chatfield, E J New Zealand 25.84 43.32   82 109 23.14 40.21   32 31 35.35 54.26   12.22 14.05
Collingwood, P D England 38.68 46.72   154 84 38.95 46.52   43 27 37.85 47.33   -1.10   0.81  
Cronje, W J South Africa 34.79 46.99   130 71 39.13 53.51   58 43 27.63 36.23   -11.50 -17.27
De Freitas, P A J England 32.83 49.67   92 104 32.00 49.55   11 11 40.64 50.82   8.64 1.27  
de Silva, P A Sri Lanka 39.41 48.57   275 91 39.13 47.99   33 15 41.07 52.07   1.93   4.08  
Dillon, M V West Indies 32.45 42.15   74 99 29.21 38.53   34 31 42.77 53.74   13.56 15.22
Dilshan, T M Sri Lanka 45.08 55.47   287 80 46.79 58.90   43 26 39.81 44.92   -6.98 -13.98
Donald, A A South Africa 21.79 31.47   131 217 21.43 31.58   33 55 23.20 31.07   1.77   -0.50  
Fleming, D W Australia 25.39 34.47   61 96 24.35 33.43   27 38 28.00 37.11   3.65   3.68  
Flintoff, A England 24.38 33.28   119 131 25.60 35.19   22 38 20.21 26.68   -5.38 -8.51
Ganguly, S C India 38.49 45.61   279 93 37.31 44.33   32 7 54.14 62.57   16.83 18.24
Garner, J West Indies 18.85 36.51   73 109 18.95 37.39   25 37 18.54 33.89   -0.41   -3.50  
Gillespie, J N Australia 25.43 36.23   55 85 24.82 34.91   42 57 26.33 38.19   1.51   3.29  
Gough, D England 26.42 36.04   132 195 26.12 36.48   27 40 27.90 33.93   1.78   -2.55  
Hadlee, R J New Zealand 21.56 39.13   108 144 21.84 40.00   7 14 18.71 30.14   -3.13   -9.86
Harper, R A West Indies 34.31 51.75   81 73 35.55 53.59   24 27 30.96 46.78   -4.58   -6.81
Harris, C Z New Zealand 37.50 52.55   216 192 36.43 50.65   34 11 56.18 85.73   19.75 35.08
Hogg, G B Australia 26.85 35.67   81 98 29.27 38.76   42 58 22.76 30.45   -6.51 -8.31
Holding, M A West Indies 21.37 38.54   75 107 21.81 38.97   27 35 20.00 37.23   -1.81   -1.74  
Hooper, C L West Indies 36.05 49.60   182 163 34.04 46.61   45 30 47.00 65.87   12.96 19.26
Imran Khan Pakistan 26.62 40.99   145 164 24.45 38.05   30 18 46.33 67.78   21.88 29.72
Jayasuriya, S T Sri Lanka 36.75 46.05   432 313 36.75 46.27   13 10 36.70 39.00   -0.05   -7.27
Johnson, M G Australia 25.26 31.33   121 188 25.17 31.29   32 51 25.61 31.51   0.44   0.22  
Kallis, J H South Africa 31.79 39.38   321 270 31.70 39.39   7 3 40.67 38.00   8.97 -1.39  
Kapil Dev India 27.45 44.28   189 226 26.25 42.15   36 27 37.48 62.04   11.23 19.88
Khan, Z India 29.44 35.80   175 241 29.80 36.32   25 41 27.27 32.76   -2.54   -3.57  
Klusener, L South Africa 29.95 38.21   138 165 28.43 36.38   33 27 39.26 49.41   10.83 13.03
Kumble, A India 30.90 43.01   260 323 30.73 42.96   11 14 34.64 44.21   3.91   1.25  
Langeveldt, C K South Africa 29.62 34.89   59 82 28.46 34.28   13 18 34.89 37.67   6.43 3.39  
Larsen, G R New Zealand 35.40 56.35   94 88 35.18 57.05   27 25 36.16 53.92   0.98   -3.13  
Lee, B Australia 23.36 29.43   186 324 23.01 29.25   35 56 25.38 30.48   2.36   1.23  
Lillee, D K Australia 20.83 34.88   36 69 17.26 29.77   27 34 28.06 45.26   10.80 15.50
Marshall, M D West Indies 26.96 45.70   112 137 24.54 43.39   24 20 43.55 61.50   19.01 18.11
McDermott, C J Australia 24.72 36.75   115 170 24.84 36.71   23 33 24.09 36.97   -0.75   0.26  
McGrath, G D Australia 22.02 34.04   205 315 22.05 34.16   45 66 21.89 33.50   -0.16   -0.66  
Mohammad Rafique Bangladesh 37.91 51.31   73 66 42.12 55.03   52 59 33.20 47.15   -8.92 -7.88
Morrison, D K New Zealand 27.54 36.40   67 85 29.01 38.08   29 41 24.49 32.90   -4.52   -5.18
Mudassar Nazar Pakistan 30.92 43.74   100 93 28.67 40.14   22 18 42.56 62.33   13.89 22.19
Muralitharan, M Sri Lanka 23.08 35.23   329 505 22.74 35.08   21 29 29.00 37.86   6.26 2.79  
Naved-ul-Hasan Pakistan 29.28 31.51   62 95 27.68 30.04   12 15 39.40 40.80   11.72 10.76
Nehra, A India 31.73 36.63   72 92 31.08 38.87   48 65 32.65 33.46   1.57   -5.41
Nel, A South Africa 27.69 35.86   45 58 29.59 37.66   34 48 25.40 33.69   -4.19   -3.97  
Ntini, M South Africa 24.66 32.66   151 237 23.60 32.07   22 29 33.31 37.45   9.71 5.38
O'Donnell, S P Australia 28.72 40.28   56 63 32.33 44.37   31 45 23.67 34.56   -8.67 -9.81
Oram, J D P New Zealand 29.17 39.95   141 142 30.52 42.25   19 31 23.00 29.42   -7.52 -12.83
Pathan, I K India 29.72 33.84   107 152 29.91 34.17   13 21 28.38 31.48   -1.53   -2.69  
Pollock, S M South Africa 24.51 39.98   254 342 24.33 38.70   49 51 25.67 48.59   1.33   9.89
Prabhakar, M M India 28.88 40.51   102 129 26.80 39.19   28 28 38.46 46.57   11.67 7.38
Prasad, B K V India 32.31 41.47   132 158 31.97 41.93   29 38 33.68 39.58   1.71   -2.35  
Price, R W Zimbabwe 35.75 53.74   69 69 33.58 51.87   33 31 40.58 57.90   7.00 6.03
Pringle, C New Zealand 23.87 32.17   29 44 24.55 33.55   35 59 23.37 31.15   -1.17   -2.39  
Reiffel, P R Australia 29.21 44.64   75 90 28.07 43.31   17 16 35.63 52.13   7.56 8.81
Richards, I V A West Indies 35.83 47.83   165 108 34.58 46.68   22 10 49.30 60.30   14.72 13.62
Saqlain Mushtaq Pakistan 21.79 30.45   144 257 20.89 29.33   25 31 29.19 39.77   8.30 10.45
Shahid Afridi Pakistan 34.51 44.73   352 348 34.10 44.29   46 47 37.57 48.00   3.48   3.71  
Shastri, R J India 36.05 51.26   126 115 35.24 50.37   24 14 42.64 58.64   7.40 8.28
Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan 24.98 31.43   140 220 23.50 30.16   23 27 37.04 41.78   13.54 11.61
Snedden, M C New Zealand 28.39 39.69   76 95 29.03 39.24   17 19 25.21 41.95   -3.82   2.71  
Srinath, J India 28.09 37.89   187 252 28.66 38.79   42 63 25.78 34.29   -2.88   -4.50  
Streak, H H Zimbabwe 29.83 39.62   167 206 30.52 40.53   22 33 25.48 33.88   -5.04 -6.66
Styris, S B New Zealand 35.32 44.63   157 122 34.49 43.55   31 15 42.07 53.40   7.57 9.85
Swann, G P England 27.77 36.63   51 72 24.82 32.92   28 32 34.41 44.97   9.59 12.05
Symonds, A Australia 37.26 44.62   170 124 37.57 45.06   28 9 32.89 38.56   -4.68   -6.51
Taylor, J E West Indies 29.53 33.91   79 123 26.92 32.07   11 5 93.80 79.20   66.88 47.13
Tendulkar, S R India 44.48 52.30   442 154 44.27 52.08   21 0      
Tuffey, D R New Zealand 32.13 39.39   80 91 31.98 40.37   14 19 32.84 34.68   0.86   -5.69
Vaas, W P U J C Sri Lanka 27.54 39.44   281 354 27.40 38.96   41 46 28.61 43.13   1.21   4.17  
Vettori, D L New Zealand 31.72 46.10   272 282 31.49 45.76   23 23 34.52 50.30   3.03   4.55  
Walsh, C A West Indies 30.48 47.67   183 202 30.71 47.78   22 25 28.56 46.80   -2.15   -0.98  
Waqar Younis Pakistan 23.84 30.52   204 323 23.89 31.20   58 93 23.69 28.19   -0.20   -3.00  
Wasim Akram Pakistan 23.53 36.23   316 440 23.81 36.88   40 62 21.52 31.63   -2.30   -5.25
Watson, S R Australia 31.80 38.49   161 156 28.98 36.35   29 12 68.42 66.33   39.44 29.99
Waugh, S R Australia 34.67 45.55   286 191 34.70 45.79   39 4 33.50 34.50   -1.20   -11.29
Wickramasinghe, G P Sri Lanka 39.64 52.48   126 103 39.31 52.95   8 6 45.33 44.33   6.02 -8.62
Zoysa, D N T Sri Lanka 29.75 39.44   88 103 29.18 39.49   7 5 41.40 38.40   12.22 -1.09  
No. of Records = 88  

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