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Best averages
Player Span Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10
WA Johnston (Aus) 1947-1950 11 2785 877 51 6/44 9/183 17.19 1.88 54.6 2 0
RR Lindwall (Aus) 1946-1950 17 3468 1277 65 7/38 9/70 19.64 2.20 53.3 4 0
KR Miller (Aus) 1946-1950 18 2628 931 45 7/60 9/77 20.68 2.12 58.4 2 0
ERH Toshack (Aus) 1946-1948 12 3140 989 47 6/29 11/31 21.04 1.88 66.8 4 1
IWG Johnson (Aus) 1946-1950 15 3098 1085 39 6/42 8/94 27.82 2.10 79.4 1 0
W Ferguson (WI) 1948-1949 8 2286 1010 33 6/92 11/229 30.60 2.65 69.2 3 1
L Amarnath (India) 1946-1949 14 2526 959 29 5/96 8/167 33.06 2.27 87.1 2 0
NBF Mann (SA) 1947-1950 12 3530+ 1125+ 36 6/59 7/72 33.08* 1.91* 103.8* 1 0
AV Bedser (Eng) 1946-1949 23 7548 2959 89 7/49 11/93 33.24 2.35 84.8 2 2
WE Hollies (Eng) 1947-1949 8 2282 847 24 5/123 5/131 35.29 2.22 95.0 3 0
JC Laker (Eng) 1948-1949 8 2244 1109 31 7/103 9/198 35.77 2.96 72.3 1 0
WJ Edrich (Eng) 1946-1949 20 2394 1291 35 4/68 8/172 36.88 3.23 68.4 0 0
C Gladwin (Eng) 1947-1949 8 2129 571 15 3/21 3/36 38.06 1.60 141.9 0 0
DVP Wright (Eng) 1946-1949 17 4445 2238 58 7/105 10/175 38.58 3.02 76.6 4 1
AMB Rowan (SA) 1947-1949 10 3744 1465 36 5/80 8/232 40.69 2.34 104.0 2 0
MH Mankad (India) 1946-1949 14 3866 1666 40 5/101 7/146 41.65 2.58 96.6 1 0
JA Young (Eng) 1947-1949 8 2368 757 17 3/65 3/65 44.52 1.91 139.2 0 0
L Tuckett (SA) 1947-1949 9 2104 980 19 5/68 6/195 51.57 2.79 110.7 2 0
DCS Compton (Eng) 1946-1949 28 2026 969 18 5/70 5/77 53.83 2.86 112.5 1 0

Minimum of 2000 balls
Performances in matches that overlap decades are credited to the year in which they occurred - this results in some unknown data, especially in regard to bowling figures

Records includes the following current or recent matches:
South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, 2nd Test, Dec 31, 1949 - Jan 4, 1950 [Test # 319]
South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, 1st Test, Dec 24-28, 1949 [Test # 318]
England v New Zealand at The Oval, 4th Test, Aug 13-16, 1949 [Test # 317]
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