List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Fred Trueman

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A statue of England bowler Fred Trueman in bowling pose
Statue of Trueman, who took seventeen five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.

Fred Trueman was an English cricketer, an "aggressive"[1] fast bowler widely known as "Fiery Fred".[1] He is generally acknowledged to have been one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history.[1][2] He represented England in 67 Test matches, and was the first bowler to take 300 wickets in a Test career, taking twelve years and 65 Tests to reach the landmark.[3]

Trueman's wicket tally included seventeen five-wicket hauls (also known as "five-fors" or "fifers")[4][5] which refer to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[4] as of March 2014 only 41 bowlers have taken more than 15 five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers.[6][7] Trueman's seventeen five-wicket hauls places him joint-third in a list of most five-wicket hauls by England Test players, behind Ian Botham and Sydney Barnes.[8] It includes three instances of him taking five or more wickets in each innings of the same Test match, and only one of the Tests in which he took a five-for ended in defeat for England.

His first five-for came in July 1952 against India in only his third Test match.[9] It was also his career-best performance, eight wickets while conceding 31 runs, which remains the ninth most successful bowling figures by an England player.[10] Five of his five-wicket hauls were taken against Australia, and six came against the West Indies. Four of the latter came during the 1963 West Indies tour of England, across which he took a career-best 34 wickets.[11] He is joint-third in a tally of most five-fors taken against the West Indies in Test matches.[12] He did not get the opportunity to play in One Day International cricket as it was not introduced until the 1970–1971 cricket season, several years after his retirement.[13]

Key[edit]

  • Date – Date the match was held, starting date of the match for Test matches.
  • Overs – Number of overs bowled in that innings
  • RunsRuns conceded
  • Wkts – Number of wickets taken
  • Batsmen – The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five wicket haul.
  • EconBowling economy rate (average runs per over).
  • Inn – The innings of the match in which the five wicket haul was taken.
  • Result – The result for the England team in that match
  • ♠ – 10 wickets or more taken in the match.
Note: Regular Man of the match awards did not enter Test cricket until the 1980s, after Trueman had retired.[14]

Tests[edit]

No. Date Ground Against Inn. Overs Runs Wkts Econ. Batsmen Result
1 17 July 1952 Old Trafford, Manchester  India 2 8.4 31 8 3.57 Won[15]
2 14 August 1952 The Oval, London  India 2 16 48 5 3.00 Draw[16]
3 21 June 1956 Lord's Cricket Ground, London  Australia 3 28 90 5 3.21 Lost[17]
4 4 July 1957 Trent Bridge, Nottingham  West Indies 2 30 63 5 2.10 Draw[18]
5 5 June 1958 Edgbaston, Birmingham  New Zealand 2 21 31 5 1.47 Won[19]
6 28 January 1960 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain  West Indies 2 21 35 5 1.66 Won[20]
7 7 July 1960 Trent Bridge, Nottingham  South Africa 2 14.3 27 5 1.86 Won[21]
8 6 July 1961 Headingley, Leeds  Australia 1 22 58 5 2.63 Won[22]
9 6 July 1961 Headingley, Leeds  Australia 3 15.5 30 6 1.89 Won[22]
10 21 June 1962 Lord's Cricket Ground, London  Pakistan 1 17.4 31 6 1.75 Won[23]
11 29 December 1962 Melbourne, Melbourne  Australia 3 20 62 5 2.32 Won[24]
12 15 March 1963 Lancaster Park, Christchurch  New Zealand 1 30.2 75 7 2.47 Won[25]
13 20 June 1963 Lord's Cricket Ground, London  West Indies 1 44 100 6 2.27 Draw[26]
14 20 June 1963 Lord's Cricket Ground, London  West Indies 3 26 52 5 2.00 Draw[26]
15 4 July 1963 Edgbaston, Birmingham  West Indies 2 26 75 5 2.88 Won[27]
16 4 July 1963 Edgbaston, Birmingham  West Indies 4 14.3 44 7 3.03 Won[27]
17 18 June 1964 Lord's Cricket Ground, London  Australia 1 25 48 5 1.92 Draw[28]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c "Farewell 'Fiery Fred'". BBC News. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Fred Trueman". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Fastest to 300 wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. 
  5. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2009. "... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ..." 
  6. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Records / One-Day Internationals / Bowling records / Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Records / England / Test matches / Most five-wickets-in-an-innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / FS Trueman / Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Records / England / Test matches / Best bowling figures in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / FS Trueman / Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Records / v West Indies / Test matches / Most five-wickets-in-an-innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "England in Australia ODI Match Australia v England – ODI no. 1 – 1970/71 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Records / Test matches / Individual records (captains, players, umpires) /Most player-of-the-match awards". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "India in England Test Series – 3rd Test – England v India – 1952 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "India in England Test Series – 4th Test – England v India – 1952 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Australia in England Test Series – 2nd Test – England v Australia – 1956 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "West Indies in England Test Series – 3rd Test – England v West Indies – 1957 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "New Zealand in England Test Series – 1st Test – England v New Zealand – 1958 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "England in West Indies Test Series – 2nd Test – England v West Indies – 1959/60 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "South Africa in England Test Series – 3rd Test – England v South Africa – 1960 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Australia in England Test Series – 3rd Test – England v Australia – 1961 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Pakistan in England Test Series – 2nd Test – England v Pakistan – 1962 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "England in Australia Test Series – 2ns Test – England v Australia – 1962/63 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "England in New Zealand Test Series – 3rd Test – England v New Zealand – 1963 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "West Indies in England Test Series – 2nd Test – England v West Indies – 1963 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  27. ^ a b "West Indies in England Test Series – 2nd Test – England v West Indies – 1963 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "Australia in England Test Series – 2nd Test – England v Australia – 1964 season". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
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