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Player Age Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
H Ironmonger 49y 311d 6/18 Australia v South Africa Melbourne 12 Feb 1932 Test # 216
DD Blackie 46y 268d 6/94 Australia v England Melbourne 29 Dec 1928 Test # 178
AJ Traicos 45y 154d 5/86 Zimbabwe v India Harare 18 Oct 1992 Test # 1197
CV Grimmett 44y 65d 6/73 Australia v South Africa Durban 28 Feb 1936 Test # 251
FE Woolley 42y 242d 7/76 England v New Zealand Wellington 24 Jan 1930 Test # 188
EE Hemmings 41y 135d 6/58 England v New Zealand Birmingham 5 Jul 1990 Test # 1147
AP Freeman 41y 71d 5/100 England v South Africa Manchester 27 Jul 1929 Test # 184
LR Gibbs 41y 60d 5/102 West Indies v Australia Brisbane 28 Nov 1975 Test # 764
SF Barnes 40y 301d 7/88 England v South Africa Durban 14 Feb 1914 Test # 133
AA Mailey 40y 223d 6/138 Australia v England The Oval 14 Aug 1926 Test # 167
CP Carter 40y 203d 6/91 South Africa v Australia Johannesburg 12 Nov 1921 Test # 146
WJ O'Reilly 40y 99d 5/14 Australia v New Zealand Wellington 29 Mar 1946 Test # 275
GWA Chubb 40y 84d 6/51 South Africa v England Manchester 5 Jul 1951 Test # 336
FR Brown 40y 69d 5/49 England v Australia Melbourne 23 Feb 1951 Test # 331
DS de Silva 39y 276d 5/59 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Faisalabad 14 Mar 1982 Test # 925
FJ Laver 39y 231d 8/31 Australia v England Manchester 26 Jul 1909 Test # 104
R Peel 39y 180d 6/23 England v Australia The Oval 10 Aug 1896 Test # 52
R Illingworth 39y 72d 5/70 England v India The Oval 19 Aug 1971 Test # 692
RG Holland 39y 34d 6/106 Australia v New Zealand Sydney 22 Nov 1985 Test # 1030
Sir RJ Hadlee 39y 2d 5/53 New Zealand v England Birmingham 5 Jul 1990 Test # 1147
R Howorth 38y 270d 6/124 England v West Indies Bridgetown 21 Jan 1948 Test # 293
CA Walsh 38y 138d 6/61 West Indies v South Africa Port of Spain 17 Mar 2001 Test # 1538
M Muralitharan 38y 92d 5/63 Sri Lanka v India Galle 18 Jul 2010 Test # 1964
WE Hollies 38y 3d 5/63 England v West Indies Manchester 8 Jun 1950 Test # 323
JC White 37y 348d 8/126 England v Australia Adelaide 1 Feb 1929 Test # 179
BE Congdon 37y 347d 5/65 New Zealand v India Auckland 24 Jan 1976 Test # 769
CS Marriott 37y 332d 6/59 England v West Indies The Oval 12 Aug 1933 Test # 229
LN Constantine 37y 332d 5/75 West Indies v England The Oval 19 Aug 1939 Test # 274
MH Mankad 37y 307d 5/64 India v Pakistan Peshawar 13 Feb 1955 Test # 398
GH Hirst 37y 262d 5/58 England v Australia Birmingham 27 May 1909 Test # 101
HHH Johnson 37y 258d 5/55 West Indies v England Kingston 27 Mar 1948 Test # 298
OC Scott 37y 232d 5/266 West Indies v England Kingston 3 Apr 1930 Test # 193
Mohammad Nazir 37y 211d 5/72 Pakistan v India Nagpur 5 Oct 1983 Test # 963
DW Carr 37y 145d 5/146 England v Australia The Oval 9 Aug 1909 Test # 105
IWG Johnson 37y 139d 7/44 Australia v West Indies Georgetown 26 Apr 1955 Test # 405
T Emmett 37y 121d 7/68 England v Australia Melbourne 2 Jan 1879 Test # 3
SK Warne 37y 104d 5/39 Australia v England Melbourne 26 Dec 2006 Test # 1824
J Cowie 37y 73d 5/127 New Zealand v England Leeds 11 Jun 1949 Test # 314
A Kumble 37y 70d 5/84 India v Australia Melbourne 26 Dec 2007 Test # 1855
ESM Kentish 37y 55d 5/49 West Indies v England Kingston 15 Jan 1954 Test # 380
CS Martin 37y 47d 6/26 New Zealand v Zimbabwe Napier 26 Jan 2012 Test # 2033
TB Burtt 37y 17d 5/69 New Zealand v West Indies Christchurch 8 Feb 1952 Test # 349

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Only the last 5wi by any player is shown.

Records include the following recent matches:
England v India at Lord's, 2nd Test, Jul 17-21, 2014 [Test # 2130]
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Galle, 1st Test, Jul 16-20, 2014 [Test # 2129]
England v India at Nottingham, 1st Test, Jul 9-13, 2014 [Test # 2128]

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