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 thirty players in the history of the game as of May 2016. Five Australian players have taken more than 300 wickets, along with five Englishmen, four South Africans, four members of the West Indies cricket team, four Indians, three Pakistanis, two New Zealanders and three Sri Lankan players; Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are yet to see a Test player reach the 300 mark.[6]

As of August 2015, 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 fifth best bowling performance in a match, 16 wickets for 220 runs against England in 1998.[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 41.4 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]

Key

Bowlers with 300 or more Test wickets

  • 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.
  • Players with † indicates test bowlers still playing as of 1st January 2017.
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 Anderson, JamesJames Anderson dagger  England 129 242 28,259 13,860 506 27.39 2.94 55.8 7/42 11/71 24 3 2003–present [21]
7 Dev, KapilKapil Dev  India 131 227 27,740 12,867 434 29.64 2.78 63.9 9/83 11/146 23 2 1978–1994 [22]
8 Hadlee, RichardRichard Hadlee  New Zealand 86 150 21,918 9,611 431 22.29 2.63 50.8 9/52 15/123 36 9 1973–1990 [23]
9 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 [24]
10 Steyn, DaleDale Steyn dagger  South Africa 85 156 17,286 9,303 417 22.30 3.22 41.4 7/51 11/60 26 5 2004–present [25][26]
11 Singh, HarbhajanHarbhajan Singh dagger  India 103 190 28,580 13,537 417 32.46 2.84 68.5 8/84 15/217 25 5 1998–present [27]
12 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 [28][29]
13 Herath, RanganaRangana Herathdagger  Sri Lanka 85 155 24,107 11,269 405 27.82 2.80 59.5 9/127 14/184 33 9 1999–present [30][31]
14 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 [32]
15 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 [33]
16 Broad, StuartStuart Broad dagger  England 109 200 22,363 11,181 388 28.81 2.99 57.6 8/15 11/121 15 2 2007–present [34]
17 Botham, IanIan Botham  England 102 160 21,815 10,878 383 28.40 2.99 56.9 8/34 13/106 27 4 1977–1992 [35]
18 Marshall, MalcolmMalcolm Marshall  West Indies 81 151 17,584 7,876 376 20.94 2.68 46.7 7/22 11/89 22 4 1978–1991 [36]
19 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 [37][38]
20 Khan, ImranImran Khan  Pakistan 88 142 19,458 8,258 362 22.81 2.54 53.7 8/58 14/116 23 6 1971–1992 [39]
21 Vettori, DanielDaniel Vettori  New Zealand 113 187 28,814 12,441 362 34.36 2.59 79.5 7/87 12/149 20 3 1997–2015 [2][40][41]
22 Lillee, DennisDennis Lillee  Australia 70 132 18,467 8,493 355 23.92 2.75 52.0 7/83 11/123 23 7 1971–1984 [42]
23 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 [43]
24 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 [44]
25 Willis, BobBob Willis  England 90 165 17,357 8,190 325 25.20 2.83 53.4 8/43 9/92 16 0 1971–1984 [45]
26 Johnson, MitchellMitchell Johnson  Australia 73 150 16,001 8,891 313 28.40 3.33 51.1 8/61 12/127 12 3 2007–2015 [46]
27 Khan, ZaheerZaheer Khan  India 92 165 18,785 10,247 311 32.94 3.27 60.4 7/87 10/149 11 1 2000–2014 [47]
28 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 [48]
29 Gibbs, LanceLance Gibbs  West Indies 79 148 27,115 8,989 309 29.09 1.98 87.7 8/38 11/157 18 2 1958–1976 [49]
30 Trueman, FredFred Trueman  England 67 127 15,178 6,625 307 21.57 2.61 49.4 8/31 12/119 17 3 1952–1965 [5]

See also

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