List of bowlers who have taken 300 or more wickets in Test cricket

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A portrait of Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan has captured the highest number of wickets in Test cricket.[1]

Taking 300 or more wickets across a playing career is considered a significant achievement in Test cricket.[2][3][4] The feat, first accomplished by Englishman Fred Trueman in 1964,[5] has only been achieved by twenty-seven players in the history of the game as of February 2014. Four Australian players have taken more than 300 wickets, along with four South Africans, four members of the West Indies cricket team, four Englishmen, four Indians, three Pakistanis, two New Zealanders and two Sri Lankan players; Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are yet to see a Test player breach the 300 mark.[6]

As of February 2014, the retired Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan has the highest aggregate with 800 wickets.[6] He has also taken the most five-wicket hauls in an innings and ten-wicket hauls in a match, 67 and 22 times respectively, and has the best bowling performance in a match, 16 wickets for 220 runs against England in 1998, which is the fifth-best by any player in Test cricket.[7][8][9] Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee is the fastest to accomplish the feat, taking 56 Tests to do so while West Indian Malcolm Marshall has the best bowling average among those to achieve the milestone, taking 376 wickets at an average of 20.94 runs.[10] West Indian Lance Gibbs is the most economical with 1.99 runs per over while South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has the best strike rate of 42.1 balls per wicket.[6] Among those players to have taken 300 wickets, Indian Anil Kumble has the best bowling figures for an innings, 10 wickets for 74 runs against Pakistan in 1999, which is the second best in the history of Test cricket after English player Jim Laker's 10 for 53 against Australia in 1956.[11]

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Bowlers with 300 or more Test wickets[edit]

  • The list is initially arranged in order of number of wickets taken. To sort this table by any statistic, click on the applicable header box beside (not on) the column title.
Bowlers who have taken 300 or more wickets in Test cricket
No. Bowler Team Mat. Inn. Balls Runs Wkt Ave. Econ. SR. BBI BBM 5wl 10wl Period Ref(s)
1 Muralitharan, MuttiahMuttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka 133 230 44,039 18,180 800 22.72 2.47 55.0 9/51 16/220 67 22 1992–2010 [1][12]
2 Warne, ShaneShane Warne  Australia 145 273 40,705 17,995 708 25.41 2.65 57.4 8/71 12/128 37 10 1992–2007 [13][14]
3 Kumble, AnilAnil Kumble  India 132 236 40,850 18,355 619 29.65 2.69 65.9 10/74 14/149 35 8 1990–2008 [15][16]
4 McGrath, GlennGlenn McGrath  Australia 124 243 29,248 12,186 563 21.64 2.49 51.9 8/24 10/27 29 3 1993–2007 [17][18]
5 Walsh, CourtneyCourtney Walsh  West Indies 132 242 30,019 12,688 519 24.44 2.53 57.8 7/37 13/55 22 3 1984–2001 [19][20]
6 Dev, KapilKapil Dev  India 131 227 27,740 12,867 434 29.64 2.78 63.9 9/83 11/146 23 2 1978–94 [21]
7 Hadlee, RichardRichard Hadlee  New Zealand 86 150 21,918 9,611 431 22.29 2.63 50.8 9/52 15/123 36 9 1973–90 [22]
8 Pollock, ShaunShaun Pollock  South Africa 108 202 24,353 9,733 421 23.11 2.39 57.8 7/87 10/147 16 1 1995–2008 [23]
9 Akram, WasimWasim Akram  Pakistan 104 181 22,627 9,779 414 23.62 2.59 54.6 7/119 11/110 25 5 1985–2002 [24][25]
10 Singh, HarbhajanHarbhajan Singh  India 101 186 28,293 13,372 413 32.37 2.83 68.5 8/84 15/217 25 5 1998–present [26]
11 Ambrose, CurtlyCurtly Ambrose  West Indies 98 179 22,103 8,501 405 20.99 2.30 54.5 8/45 11/84 22 3 1980–2000 [27]
12 Ntini, MakhayaMakhaya Ntini  South Africa 101 190 20,834 11,242 390 28.82 3.23 53.4 7/37 13/132 18 4 1998–2009 [28]
13 Botham, IanIan Botham  England 102 160 21,815 10,878 383 28.40 2.99 56.9 8/34 13/106 27 4 1977–92 [29]
14 Marshall, MalcolmMalcolm Marshall  West Indies 81 151 17,584 7,876 376 20.94 2.68 46.7 7/22 11/89 22 4 1978–91 [30]
15 Younis, WaqarWaqar Younis  Pakistan 87 154 16,224 8,788 373 23.56 3.25 43.4 7/76 13/135 22 5 1989–2003 [31][32]
16 Khan, ImranImran Khan  Pakistan 88 142 19,458 8,258 362 22.81 2.54 53.7 8/58 14/116 23 6 1971–92 [33]
17 Steyn, DaleDale Steyn  South Africa 72 136 15,261 8,333 362 23.01 3.27 42.1 7/51 11/60 22 5 2004–present [34][35]
18 Vettori, DanielDaniel Vettori  New Zealand 112 185 28,670 12392 360 34.42 2.59 79.6 7/87 12/149 20 3 1997–present [2][36]
19 Lillee, DennisDennis Lillee  Australia 70 132 18,467 8,493 355 23.92 2.75 52.0 7/83 11/123 27 7 1971–84 [37]
20 Vaas, ChamindaChaminda Vaas  Sri Lanka 111 194 23,438 10,501 355 29.58 2.68 66.0 7/71 14/191 12 2 1994–2009 [38]
21 Anderson, JamesJames Anderson  England 91 169 20,134 10,409 340 30.61 3.10 59.2 7/43 11/71 15 2 2003–present [39]
22 Donald, AllanAllan Donald  South Africa 72 129 15,519 7,344 330 22.25 2.83 47.0 8/71 12/139 20 3 1992–2002 [40]
23 Willis, BobBob Willis  England 90 165 17,357 8,190 325 25.20 2.83 53.4 8/43 9/92 16 0 1971–84 [41]
24 Lee, BrettBrett Lee  Australia 76 150 16,531 9,554 310 30.81 3.46 53.3 5/30 9/171 10 0 1999–2008 [42]
25 Gibbs, LanceLance Gibbs  West Indies 79 148 27,115 8,989 309 29.09 1.98 87.7 8/38 11/157 18 2 1958–76 [43]
26 Trueman, FredFred Trueman  England 67 127 15,178 6,625 307 21.57 2.61 49.4 8/31 12/119 17 3 1952–65 [5]
27 Khan, ZaheerZaheer Khan  India 90 161 18,143 9,865 302 32.66 3.26 60.0 7/87 10/149 10 1 2000–present [44]

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References[edit]

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  33. ^ "Player Profile: Imran Khan". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
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  37. ^ "Player Profile: Dennis Lillee". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  38. ^ "Player Profile: Chaminda Vaas". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  39. ^ "Player Profile: James Anderson". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  40. ^ "Player Profile: Allan Donald". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  41. ^ "Player Profile: Bob Willis". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  42. ^ "Player Profile: Brett Lee". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  43. ^ "Player Profile: Lance Gibbs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  44. ^ "Player Profile: Zaheer Khan". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

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