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 Test Cricket - Bowling - Career Averages and Ratings
Highest Average Wickets per Match (WPM) - minimum 50 wickets
  Player Country Career Mat Wkts Avg   Best 5w 10w WPM
1 Barnes, S F England 1901-1914 27 189 16.43 9/103 24 7 7.00
2 Ferris, J J England 1887-1892 9 61 12.70 7/37 6 1 6.78
3 Richardson, T England 1893-1898 14 88 25.23 8/94 11 4 6.29
4 Lohmann, G A England 1886-1896 18 112 10.76 9/28 9 5 6.22
5 Muralitharan, M Sri Lanka 1992-2010 133 800 22.73 9/51 67 22 6.02
6 Turner, C T B Australia 1887-1895 17 101 16.53 7/43 11 2 5.94
7 Grimmett, C V Australia 1925-1936 37 216 24.22 7/40 21 7 5.84
8 Saunders, J V Australia 1902-1908 14 79 22.73 7/34 6 0 5.64
9 Yasir Shah* Pakistan 2014- 37 207 30.12 8/41 16 3 5.59
10 Freeman, A P England 1924-1929 12 66 25.86 7/71 5 3 5.50
11 O'Reilly, W J Australia 1932-1946 27 144 22.60 7/54 11 3 5.33
12 Ironmonger, H Australia 1928-1933 14 74 17.97 7/23 4 2 5.29
13 Blythe, C England 1901-1910 19 100 18.63 8/59 9 4 5.26
14 Spofforth, F R Australia 1877-1887 18 94 18.41 7/44 7 4 5.22
15 Ashwin, R* India 2011- 70 362 25.37 7/59 27 7 5.17
16 Bumrah, J J* India 2018- 12 62 19.24 6/27 5 0 5.17
17 Shabbir Ahmed Pakistan 2003-2005 10 51 23.04 5/48 2 0 5.10
18 Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 2009-2014 35 178 28.11 7/55 10 4 5.09
19 Lillee, D K Australia 1971-1984 70 355 23.92 7/83 23 7 5.07
20 Peel, R England 1884-1896 20 101 16.98 7/31 5 1 5.05
21 Hadlee, R J New Zealand 1973-1990 86 431 22.30 9/52 36 9 5.01
22 Warne, S K Australia 1992-2007 145 708 25.42 8/71 37 10 4.88
23 Cummins, P J* Australia 2011- 27 131 22.11 6/23 4 1 4.85
24 Bond, S E New Zealand 2001-2009 18 87 22.09 6/51 5 1 4.83
25 Higgs, K England 1965-1968 15 71 20.75 6/91 2 0 4.73
26 MacGill, S C G Australia 1998-2008 44 208 29.02 8/108 12 2 4.73
27 De Villiers, P S South Africa 1993-1998 18 85 24.25 6/23 5 2 4.72
28 Steyn, D W* South Africa 2004-2019 93 439 22.95 7/51 26 5 4.72
29 Mailey, A A Australia 1920-1926 21 99 33.92 9/121 6 2 4.71
30 Ojha, P P India 2009-2013 24 113 30.27 6/47 7 1 4.71
31 Kumble, A India 1990-2008 132 619 29.65 10/74 35 8 4.69
32 Herath, H M R K B Sri Lanka 1999-2018 93 433 28.08 9/127 34 9 4.66
33 Whitty, W J Australia 1909-1912 14 65 21.12 6/17 3 0 4.64
34 Marshall, M D West Indies 1978-1991 81 376 20.95 7/22 22 4 4.64
35 Croft, C E H West Indies 1977-1982 27 125 23.30 8/29 3 0 4.63
36 Bedser, A V England 1946-1955 51 236 24.90 7/44 15 5 4.63
37 Mohammad Asif Pakistan 2005-2010 23 106 24.45 6/41 7 1 4.61
38 Tayfield, H J South Africa 1949-1960 37 170 25.91 9/113 14 2 4.59
39 Palmer, G E Australia 1880-1886 17 78 21.51 7/65 6 2 4.59
40 Donald, A A South Africa 1992-2002 72 330 22.25 8/71 20 3 4.58

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