List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Alec Bedser

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Sir Alec Bedser was a medium-fast bowler for England in Test matches between 1946 and 1955. Across his career he played 51 Tests, and took 236 wickets at a bowling average of 24.89. Bedser's wicket talley is the tenth highest for England in Test cricket, and he took 15 five-wicket hauls. Also known as "five–fors" or "fifers",[1][2] five-wicket hauls refer to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[1] as of March 2014 only 41 bowlers have taken more than 15 five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers.[3][4] Bedser's fifteen lies joint fifth in most five-fors for England.

Bedser's 236 wickets was for a time a world-record, which he took from Australian Clarrie Grimmett in 1953 and in turn yielded to Brian Statham ten years later. Bedser took his first five-wicket haul in his debut Test: seven wickets at a cost of 49 runs against India in June 1946.[5] His best bowling in an innings, 7/44, came in June 1953 against Australia at Trent Bridge.[6] This was the first Test of the 1953 Ashes series, a match series during which he took 39 wickets including five of his five-wicket hauls,[7] described as the "spearhead" of England's bowling attack.[8]

Key

  • 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: Man of the match awards did not enter Test cricket until the 1980s, after Bedser had retired.[9]

Tests

No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 22 June 1946 Lord's Cricket Ground, London,  India 1 29.1 49 7 1.68 Won[5]
2 20 July 1946 Old Trafford, Manchester,  India 4 25 52 7* 2.08 Drawn[10]
3 20 July 1950 Trent Bridge, Nottingham,  West Indies 2 48 127 5 2.64 Lost[11]
4 23 February 1951 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne,  Australia 1 22 46 5* 1.56 Won[12]
5 23 February 1951 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne,  Australia 3 20.3 59 5* 2.17 Won[12]
6 7 June 1951 Trent Bridge, Nottingham,  South Africa 3 22.4 37 6 1.63 Lost[13]
7 5 July 1951 Old Trafford, Manchester,  South Africa 1 32.3 58 7* 1.78 Won[14]
8 5 July 1951 Old Trafford, Manchester,  South Africa 3 24.2 54 5* 2.21 Won[14]
9 17 July 1952 Old Trafford, Manchester,  India 3 15 27 5 1.80 Won[15]
10 14 August 1952 The Oval, London,  India 2 14.5 41 5 2.76 Drawn[16]
11 11 June 1953 Trent Bridge, Nottingham,  Australia 1 38.3 55 7* 1.42 Drawn[6]
12 11 June 1953 Trent Bridge, Nottingham,  Australia 3 17.2 44 7* 2.53 Drawn[6]
13 25 June 1953 Lord's Cricket Ground, London,  Australia 1 42.4 105 5 2.46 Drawn[17]
14 9 July 1953 Old Trafford, Manchester,  Australia 1 45 115 5 2.55 Drawn[18]
15 23 July 1953 Headingley, Leeds,  Australia 2 28.5 95 6 3.29 Drawn[19]

References

Notes
  1. ^ a b Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. 
  2. ^ "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 ... 
  3. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Records / One-Day Internationals / Bowling records / Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "India in England Test Series - 1st Test - England v India - 1946 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Australia in England Test Series - 1st Test - England v Australia - 1953 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / AV Bedser / Test matches". ESPN CricInfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Williamson, Martin. "Player Profile: Sir Alec Bedser". ESPN CricInfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Records / Test matches / Individual records (captains, players, umpires) /Most player-of-the-match awards". ESPN Cricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "India in England Test Series - 2nd Test - England v India - 1946 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "West Indies in England Test Series - 3rd Test - England v West Indies - 1950 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "England in Australia Test Series - 5th Test - England v Australia - 1950/51 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "South Africa in England Test Series - 1st Test - England v South Africa - 1951 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "South Africa in England Test Series - 3rd Test - England v South Africa - 1951 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "India in England in Test Series - 3rd Test - England v India - 1952 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "India in England Test Series - 4th Test - England v India - 1952 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Australia in England Test Series - 2nd Test - England v Australia - 1953 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Australia in England Test Series - 3rd Test - England v Australia - 1953 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Australia in England Test Series - 4th Test - England v Australia - 1953 season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
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