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Best averages
Player Span Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10
IT Botham (Eng) 1977-1979 23 5381 2274 118 8/34 11/140 19.27 2.53 45.6 12 2
CEH Croft (WI) 1977-1980 9 2103 1089 50 8/29 9/95 21.78 3.10 42.0 1 0
M Hendrick (Eng) 1974-1979 26 5072 1766 78 4/28 8/95 22.64 2.08 65.0 0 0
J Garner (WI) 1977-1980 9 2236 1082 47 4/48 8/121 23.02 2.90 47.5 0 0
JK Lever (Eng) 1976-1979 15 2886 1204 51 7/46 10/70 23.60 2.50 56.5 2 1
DK Lillee (Aus) 1971-1980 36 9492 4367 184 6/26 11/123 23.73 2.76 51.5 12 4
DR Doshi (India) 1979-1979 10 2819 960 40 6/103 8/103 24.00 2.04 70.4 2 0
RM Hogg (Aus) 1978-1980 17 3450+ 1434+ 64 6/74 10/122 24.30* 2.49* 58.4* 4 1
MA Holding (WI) 1975-1980 15 3372 1581 64 8/92 14/149 24.70 2.81 52.6 4 1
JR Thomson (Aus) 1972-1979 36 7240+ 3767+ 152 6/46 9/105 24.78* 3.12* 47.6* 6 0
RGD Willis (Eng) 1971-1979 52 9916 4511 182 7/78 9/118 24.78 2.72 54.4 11 0
KD Walters (Aus) 1970-1977 48 2201 946 38 5/66 7/89 24.89 2.57 57.9 1 0
AME Roberts (WI) 1974-1980 30 7285 3502 138 7/54 12/121 25.37 2.88 52.7 9 2
PH Edmonds (Eng) 1975-1979 18 4083 1251 49 7/66 7/66 25.53 1.83 83.3 2 0
JA Snow (Eng) 1970-1976 24 6044 2663 103 7/40 8/63 25.85 2.64 58.6 4 0
GJ Gilmour (Aus) 1973-1977 16 2461+ 1315+ 54 6/85 9/157 26.30* 3.20* 49.2* 3 0
BR Taylor (NZ) 1972-1973 10 2718 1289 49 7/74 9/182 26.30 2.84 55.4 2 0
G Dymock (Aus) 1974-1980 16 4094+ 1555+ 62 7/67 12/166 26.35* 2.27* 69.3* 4 1
AG Hurst (Aus) 1974-1979 13 2870+ 1137+ 43 5/28 9/155 27.07* 2.37* 68.3* 2 0
WM Clark (Aus) 1977-1979 11 2407+ 1096+ 44 4/46 8/147 27.40* 2.73* 60.1* 0 0
MHN Walker (Aus) 1972-1977 35 10094 3792 138 8/143 8/143 27.47 2.25 73.1 6 0
DL Underwood (Eng) 1970-1979 60 15380 5587 202 8/51 13/71 27.65 2.17 76.1 10 4
N Kapil Dev (India) 1978-1979 24 4757 2413 87 6/63 9/121 27.73 3.04 54.6 5 0
CM Old (Eng) 1972-1978 42 7755 3594 129 7/50 9/88 27.86 2.78 60.1 4 0
RO Collinge (NZ) 1971-1978 22 5169 2249 79 6/63 9/166 28.46 2.61 65.4 3 0
G Miller (Eng) 1976-1979 25 3693 1200 42 5/44 6/57 28.57 1.94 87.9 1 0
Sikander Bakht (Pak) 1976-1979 17 3400 1631 57 8/69 11/190 28.61 2.87 59.6 3 1
GG Arnold (Eng) 1972-1975 31 7134 3077 107 6/45 9/91 28.75 2.58 66.6 5 0
BS Chandrasekhar (India) 1971-1979 45 10960+ 5111+ 180 8/79 9/131 28.87* 2.79* 61.9* 13 0
Mushtaq Mohammad (Pak) 1971-1979 36 4285 1893 65 5/28 9/119 29.12 2.65 65.9 3 0
AA Mallett (Aus) 1970-1976 30 6507+ 2600+ 91 8/59 9/111 29.21* 2.39* 73.1* 3 0
BS Bedi (India) 1971-1979 52 15516+ 5719+ 196 6/71 10/194 29.78* 2.21* 80.8* 10 1
Sarfraz Nawaz (Pak) 1972-1979 34 8582 3591 120 9/86 11/125 29.92 2.51 71.5 4 1
KD Boyce (WI) 1971-1976 21 3501 1801 60 6/77 11/147 30.01 3.08 58.3 2 1
Intikhab Alam (Pak) 1971-1977 22 5310 2289 76 7/52 11/130 30.11 2.58 69.8 3 1
RJ Hadlee (NZ) 1973-1979 27 6376 3225 107 7/23 11/58 30.14 3.03 59.5 6 2
GS Sobers (WI) 1971-1974 17 4233 1323 42 4/64 5/91 31.50 1.87 100.7 0 0
N Gifford (Eng) 1971-1973 13 2586 886 28 5/55 8/127 31.64 2.05 92.3 1 0
VA Holder (WI) 1971-1979 39 7956+ 3185+ 100 6/28 8/223 31.85* 2.40* 79.5* 3 0
Imran Khan (Pak) 1971-1979 25 6830 3125 98 6/63 12/165 31.88 2.74 69.6 5 1
AW Greig (Eng) 1972-1977 59 9802 4541 141 8/86 13/156 32.20 2.77 69.5 6 2
JD Higgs (Aus) 1978-1980 17 3703+ 1615+ 51 7/143 8/190 32.30* 2.61* 74.0* 2 0
LR Gibbs (WI) 1971-1976 30 9886 3232 100 7/98 9/143 32.32 1.96 98.8 5 0
BL D'Oliveira (Eng) 1970-1972 19 2376 713 22 3/46 5/62 32.40 1.80 108.0 0 0
S Madan Lal (India) 1974-1977 17 2324+ 932+ 29 5/72 6/99 33.28* 2.40* 83.0* 2 0
KD Ghavri (India) 1974-1979 35 5658+ 2879+ 87 5/33 7/128 33.47* 3.05* 65.7* 2 0
EAS Prasanna (India) 1971-1978 30 6581+ 2622+ 76 8/76 11/140 34.50* 2.39* 86.5* 2 1
P Lever (Eng) 1970-1975 17 3571 1509 41 6/38 9/103 36.80 2.53 87.0 2 0
BE Congdon (NZ) 1971-1978 33 4714 1780 48 5/65 5/65 37.08 2.26 98.2 1 0
BD Julien (WI) 1973-1977 25 4542 1868 50 5/57 5/66 37.36 2.46 90.8 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:
Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, 2nd Test, Dec 29, 1979 - Jan 1, 1980 [Test # 867]
India v Pakistan at Kanpur, 4th Test, Dec 25-30, 1979 [Test # 866]
India v Pakistan at Mumbai, 3rd Test, Dec 16-20, 1979 [Test # 865]
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