February 16, 2019

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Most Test wickets by a Bowler in a Calendar Year

Most Test wickets by a Bowler in a Calendar Year

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2018 has been the year of bowlers in Test cricket. After almost two decades of being slaughtered, the ball finally came to the fore. Pitches across the world seamed and spun the ball plenty all over the world. The result being? We witnessed one of the most competitive years in the whites in recent times.

India’s close fought series with the Proteas was a see-saw contest all its entirety. England’s versatility against India’s resilience made for great viewing. The Kiwis battled it tough in the desert against Pakistan. Sri Lanka’s bouts with West Indies proved that even the lower ranked teams could promote Test cricket as well as the big guys.

One major statistic shows how much bowlers have dominated this year. The number of Test centuries in this calendar year equate to the number of the five wicket hauls, both locked in at 65 so far. No other year in recent decades comes so close in terms of parity, with batting being the dominant force so far. In the charitable Christmas spirit, we look at the most successful bowlers in Tests in a calendar year.

  • Shane Warne

Matches: 15; Wickets: 96; Average: 22.02; Strike Rate: 45.1; BBI: 6/46; BBM: 12/246; 5×6, 10×2

  • Muttiah Muralitharan  

Matches: 11; Wickets: 90; Average: 16.9; Strike Rate: 39.2; BBI: 8/70; BBM: 12/225; 5×9, 10×5

  • Dennis Lillee

Matches: 13; Wickets: 85; Average: 20.95; Strike Rate: 43.6; BBI: 7/83; BBM: 11/159; 5×5, 10×2

  • Allan Donald

Matches: 14; Wickets: 80; Average: 19.63; Strike Rate: 40.4; BBI: 6/88; BBM: 8/74; 5×7, 10×0

  • Muttiah Muralitharan  

Matches: 12; Wickets: 80; Average: 21.3; Strike Rate: 58.6; BBI: 8/87; BBM: 11/170; 5×7, 10×4

  • Joel Garner

Matches: 15; Wickets:77 ; Average: 20.83; Strike Rate: 46.6; BBI: 6/60; BBM: 9/108; 5×4, 10×0

  • Muttiah Muralitharan  

Matches: 10; Wickets: 75; Average: 19.50; Strike Rate: 49.8; BBI: 7/84; BBM: 13/171; 5×7, 10×3

  • Kapil Dev

Matches: 18; Wickets: 75; Average: 23.18; Strike Rate: 46.2; BBI: 9/83; BBM: 10/85; 5×5, 10×1

  • Dale Steyn

Matches: 13; Wickets: 74; Average: 20.01; Strike Rate: 35.8; BBI: 6/72; BBM: 10/154; 5×5, 10×1

  • Kapil Dev

Matches: 18; Wickets: 74; Average: 23.24; Strike Rate: 49.0; BBI: 6/63; BBM: 9/121; 5×5, 10×0

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