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Top 10: Most Wickets for England in Test Cricket

When it comes to fast bowling in Test cricket, England has produced a lot – the reason why you will find it hard to spot more than two spinners in the top ten wicket-takers list for England in the longer format.

The modern-day pace duo of James Anderson-Stuart Broad tops the bowlers’ list for picking the most wickets for England in Tests.

These two are also the only entrants in the top ten list of overall wicket-takers in international cricket across formats.

Below is the table for England’s top ten wicket-takers in Tests.

Most Wickets for England in Test Cricket

PLAYERMATCHESINNSWKTSBBIBBMAVGECONSR5/10 WKT HAULS
James Anderson1873487007/4211/7126.522.7956.9632/3
Stuart Broad1673096048/1511/12127.682.9755.7920/3
Ian Botham1021683838/3413/10628.42.9956.9527/4
Bob Willis901653258/439/9225.22.8353.416/0
Fred Trueman671273078/3112/11921.572.6149.4317/3
Derek Underwood861512978/5113/7125.832.173.617/6
Graeme Swann601092556/6510/13229.962.9860.1917/3
Brian Statham701292527/3911/9724.842.3363.719/1
Matthew Hoggard671222487/6112/20530.53.2656.087/1
Alec Bedser51922367/4414/9924.892.2167.4415/5

Key Stats

Anderson is the first England bowler to achieve the milestones of 500 and 600 wickets in Test cricket; also the first fast bowler to pick 600 wickets in the format.

The Burnley-based swing bowler also bests the 5-wicket hauls among the English bowlers, whereas 1966-debuted Derek Underwood has picked the most 10-wicket hauls in Test matches.

Jim Laker, the first bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick ten wickets in an innings and the holder of the best-ever bowling figures in a Test innings and match (19/90), picked 193 wickets in 46 Test matches.

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Returning to the AB of English bowling, the Anderson-Broad duo is among the only three bowlers in Test history to bowl more than 30000 deliveries in the format, the other being West Indies’ Courtney Walsh.

Also Read: Most Runs and Centuries for England in Test Cricket

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