Best averages
Player Span Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10
GA Lohmann (ENG) 1886-1896 18 3830 1205 112 9/28 15/45 10.75 1.88 34.1 9 5
JJ Ferris (AUS/ENG) 1887-1892 9 2302 775 61 7/37 13/91 12.70 2.01 37.7 6 1
W Barnes (ENG) 1880-1890 21 2289 793 51 6/28 9/81 15.54 2.07 44.8 3 0
W Bates (ENG) 1881-1887 15 2364 821 50 7/28 14/102 16.42 2.08 47.2 4 1
SF Barnes (ENG) 1901-1914 27 7873 3106 189 9/103 17/159 16.43 2.36 41.6 24 7
CTB Turner (AUS) 1887-1895 17 5179 1670 101 7/43 12/87 16.53 1.93 51.2 11 2
R Peel (ENG) 1884-1896 20 5216 1715 101 7/31 11/68 16.98 1.97 51.6 5 1
J Briggs (ENG) 1884-1899 33 5332 2095 118 8/11 15/28 17.75 2.35 45.1 9 4
H Ironmonger (AUS) 1928-1933 14 4695 1330 74 7/23 11/24 17.97 1.69 63.4 4 2
FR Spofforth (AUS) 1877-1887 18 4185 1731 94 7/44 14/90 18.41 2.48 44.5 7 4
FH Tyson (ENG) 1954-1959 17 3452 1411 76 7/27 10/130 18.56 2.45 45.4 4 1
C Blythe (ENG) 1901-1910 19 4546 1863 100 8/59 15/99 18.63 2.45 45.4 9 4
JH Wardle (ENG) 1948-1957 28 6597 2080 102 7/36 12/89 20.39 1.89 64.6 5 1
G Ulyett (ENG) 1877-1890 25 2627 1020 50 7/36 7/57 20.40 2.32 52.5 1 0
AK Davidson (AUS) 1953-1963 44 11587 3819 186 7/93 12/124 20.53 1.97 62.2 14 2
FR Foster (ENG) 1911-1912 11 2447 926 45 6/91 8/70 20.57 2.27 54.3 4 0
K Higgs (ENG) 1965-1968 15 4112 1473 71 6/91 8/119 20.74 2.14 57.9 2 0
MD Marshall (WI) 1978-1991 81 17584 7876 376 7/22 11/89 20.94 2.68 46.7 22 4
J Garner (WI) 1977-1987 58 13169 5433 259 6/56 9/108 20.97 2.47 50.8 7 0
CEL Ambrose (WI) 1988-2000 98 22103 8501 405 8/45 11/84 20.99 2.30 54.5 22 3
ERH Toshack (AUS) 1946-1948 12 3140 989 47 6/29 11/31 21.04 1.88 66.8 4 1
NAT Adcock (SA) 1953-1962 26 6391 2195 104 6/43 8/87 21.10 2.06 61.4 5 0
WJ Whitty (AUS) 1909-1912 14 3357 1373 65 6/17 9/98 21.12 2.45 51.6 3 0
JC Laker (ENG) 1948-1959 46 12027 4101 193 10/53 19/90 21.24 2.04 62.3 9 3
GE Palmer (AUS) 1880-1886 17 4517 1678 78 7/65 11/165 21.51 2.22 57.9 6 2
J Cowie (NZ) 1937-1949 9 2028 969 45 6/40 10/140 21.53 2.86 45.0 4 1
FS Trueman (ENG) 1952-1965 67 15178 6625 307 8/31 12/119 21.57 2.61 49.4 17 3
GD McGrath (AUS) 1993-2007 124 29248 12186 563 8/24 10/27 21.64 2.49 51.9 29 3
H Trumble (AUS) 1890-1904 32 8099 3072 141 8/65 12/89 21.78 2.27 57.4 9 3
E Peate (ENG) 1881-1886 9 2096 683 31 6/85 8/58 22.03 1.95 67.6 2 0
JT Hearne (ENG) 1892-1899 12 2976 1082 49 6/41 10/60 22.08 2.18 60.7 4 1
SE Bond (NZ) 2001-2009 18 3372 1922 87 6/51 10/99 22.09 3.41 38.7 5 1
AE Hall (SA) 1923-1931 7 2361 886 40 7/63 11/112 22.15 2.25 59.0 3 1
VD Philander (SA) 2011-2016 37 6896 3155 142 6/44 10/102 22.21 2.74 48.5 10 2
AA Donald (SA) 1992-2002 72 15519 7344 330 8/71 12/139 22.25 2.83 47.0 20 3
Sir RJ Hadlee (NZ) 1973-1990 86 21918 9611 431 9/52 15/123 22.29 2.63 50.8 36 9
DW Steyn (SA) 2004-2016 85 17286 9303 417 7/51 11/60 22.30 3.22 41.4 26 5
WE Bowes (ENG) 1932-1946 15 3655 1519 68 6/33 9/219 22.33 2.49 53.7 6 0
W Attewell (ENG) 1884-1892 10 2850 626 28 4/42 6/107 22.35 1.31 101.7 0 0
PJ Loader (ENG) 1954-1959 13 2662 878 39 6/36 9/86 22.51 1.97 68.2 1 0
RG Barlow (ENG) 1881-1887 17 2456 767 34 7/40 8/63 22.55 1.87 72.2 3 0
WJ O'Reilly (AUS) 1932-1946 27 10024 3254 144 7/54 11/129 22.59 1.94 69.6 11 3
M Muralitharan (ICC/SL) 1992-2010 133 44039 18180 800 9/51 16/220 22.72 2.47 55.0 67 22
JV Saunders (AUS) 1902-1908 14 3565 1796 79 7/34 9/66 22.73 3.02 45.1 6 0
AEE Vogler (SA) 1906-1911 15 2764 1455 64 7/94 12/181 22.73 3.15 43.1 5 1
Imran Khan (PAK) 1971-1992 88 19458 8258 362 8/58 14/116 22.81 2.54 53.7 23 6
LF Kline (AUS) 1957-1961 13 2373 776 34 7/75 8/90 22.82 1.96 69.7 1 0
KR Miller (AUS) 1946-1956 55 10461 3906 170 7/60 10/152 22.97 2.24 61.5 7 1
RR Lindwall (AUS) 1946-1960 61 13650 5251 228 7/38 9/70 23.03 2.30 59.8 12 0
Shabbir Ahmed (PAK) 2003-2005 10 2576 1175 51 5/48 8/109 23.03 2.73 50.5 2 0
SM Pollock (SA) 1995-2008 108 24353 9733 421 7/87 10/147 23.11 2.39 57.8 16 1
CEH Croft (WI) 1977-1982 27 6165 2913 125 8/29 9/95 23.30 2.83 49.3 3 0
HV Hordern (AUS) 1911-1912 7 2148 1075 46 7/90 12/175 23.36 3.00 46.6 5 2
RJ Harris (AUS) 2010-2015 27 5736 2658 113 7/117 9/106 23.52 2.78 50.7 5 0
Waqar Younis (PAK) 1989-2003 87 16224 8788 373 7/76 13/135 23.56 3.25 43.4 22 5
Wasim Akram (PAK) 1985-2002 104 22627 9779 414 7/119 11/110 23.62 2.59 54.6 25 5
MA Holding (WI) 1975-1987 60 12680 5898 249 8/92 14/149 23.68 2.79 50.9 13 2
SR Clark (AUS) 2006-2009 24 5146 2243 94 5/32 9/89 23.86 2.61 54.7 2 0
Pervez Sajjad (PAK) 1964-1973 19 4145 1410 59 7/74 9/112 23.89 2.04 70.2 3 0
WA Johnston (AUS) 1947-1955 40 11048 3826 160 6/44 9/183 23.91 2.07 69.0 7 0
DK Lillee (AUS) 1971-1984 70 18467 8493 355 7/83 11/123 23.92 2.75 52.0 23 7
Khan Mohammad (PAK) 1952-1958 13 3157 1292 54 6/21 8/41 23.92 2.45 58.4 4 0
PM Pollock (SA) 1961-1970 28 6522 2806 116 6/38 10/87 24.18 2.58 56.2 9 1
CV Grimmett (AUS) 1925-1936 37 14513 5231 216 7/40 14/199 24.21 2.16 67.1 21 7
PS de Villiers (SA) 1993-1998 18 4805 2063 85 6/23 10/108 24.27 2.57 56.5 5 2
IR Bishop (WI) 1989-1998 43 8407 3909 161 6/40 8/57 24.27 2.78 52.2 6 0
Mohammad Asif (PAK) 2005-2010 23 5171 2583 106 6/41 11/71 24.36 2.99 48.7 7 1
H Verity (ENG) 1931-1939 40 11173 3510 144 8/43 15/104 24.37 1.88 77.5 5 2
CA Walsh (WI) 1984-2001 132 30019 12688 519 7/37 13/55 24.44 2.53 57.8 22 3
BA Reid (AUS) 1985-1992 27 6244 2784 113 7/51 13/148 24.63 2.67 55.2 5 2
RA Jadeja (INDIA) 2012-2016 23 6276 2346 95 6/138 8/76 24.69 2.24 66.0 5 0
Fazal Mahmood (PAK) 1952-1962 34 9834 3434 139 7/42 13/114 24.70 2.09 70.7 13 4
R Ashwin (INDIA) 2011-2016 42 11931 5817 235 7/59 13/140 24.75 2.92 50.7 22 6
JB Statham (ENG) 1951-1965 70 16056 6261 252 7/39 11/97 24.84 2.33 63.7 9 1
AV Bedser (ENG) 1946-1955 51 15918 5876 236 7/44 14/99 24.89 2.21 67.4 15 5
MA Noble (AUS) 1898-1909 42 7159 3025 121 7/17 13/77 25.00 2.53 59.1 9 2
By default, the shading indicates records from the past week, or failing that, the most recent entry.
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Minimum of 2000 balls

Records includes the following current or recent matches:
India v England at Mohali, 3rd Test, Nov 26-29, 2016 [Test # 2238]
New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, 2nd Test, Nov 25-29, 2016 [Test # 2237]
Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, 3rd Test, Nov 24-27, 2016 [Test # 2236]

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