Test Stats: Country-wise Best Bowling Figures

Wickets and Partnerships win Test matches in Cricket. We have spoken a lot about Partnership records in Cricket before, and it’s time to highlight some of the best bowlers of the Test teams. Anil Kumble of India and Jim Laker of England are the only bowlers to pick all ten wickets in a Test innings and eventually top the best bowling figures for their respective country.

I have listed below country-wise best bowling figures in a Test innings.

AfghanistanRashid Khan7/137ZimbabweMar 2021Abu Dhabi
AustraliaArthur Mailey9/121EnglandFeb 1921Melbourne
BangladeshTaijul Islam8/39ZimbabweOct 2014Dhaka
EnglandJim Laker10/53AustraliaJul 1956Manchester
IndiaAnil Kumble10/74PakistanFeb 1999Delhi
IrelandTim Murtagh5/13EnglandJul 2019London
New ZealandRichard Hadlee9/52AustraliaNov 1985Brisbane
PakistanAbdul Qadir9/56EnglandNov 1987Lahore
South AfricaHugh Tayfield9/113EnglandFeb 1957Johannesburg
Sri LankaMuttiah Muralitharan9/51ZimbabweJan 2002Kandy
West IndiesJack Noreiga9/95IndiaMar 1971Port of Spain
ZimbabwePaul Strang8/109New ZealandSep 2000Bulawayo
Best Bowling Figures in Test – Country-wise

Stats Insights

  • Muttiah Muralitharan and Jim Laker are the two bowlers to pick more than 9-wickets in a Test innings. Murali also has three 8 wicket-hauls. You can read here Muralitharan’s insane bowling records.
  • Next to Muralitharan (5), George Lohmann of England has picked 8 or more wickets four times in his Test career. Kapil Dev (India) and Sydney Barnes (England) have three each.
  • Lohmann is also the first-ever Test bowler to pick a 9-wicket haul. His best bowling figure of 9/28 came against South Africa in 1896 at Johannesburg. This is also the best bowling figure for an away bowler in Test cricket.
  • Lohmann’s 9/28 is also the lowest run conceded in an innings by a bowler after picking 9 or more wickets.

Bonus: Check out this strange record, in which Anil Kumble tops the list.

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