Test Cricket - Bowling - Averages and Ratings
Highest Average Wickets per Match (WPM) - minimum 50 wickets
  Player Country Career Mat Wkts Avg   Best 5w 10w WPM
1 S F Barnes England 1901-1914 27 189 16.43 9/103 24 7 7.00
2 J J Ferris England 1887-1892 9 61 12.70 7/37 6 1 6.78
3 T Richardson England 1893-1898 14 88 25.23 8/94 11 4 6.29
4 G A Lohmann England 1886-1896 18 112 10.76 9/28 9 5 6.22
5 M Muralitharan Sri Lanka 1992-2010 133 800 22.73 9/51 67 22 6.02
6 C T B Turner Australia 1887-1895 17 101 16.53 7/43 11 2 5.94
7 C V Grimmett Australia 1925-1936 37 216 24.22 7/40 21 7 5.84
8 J V Saunders Australia 1902-1908 14 79 22.73 7/34 6 0 5.64
9 A P Freeman England 1924-1929 12 66 25.86 7/71 5 3 5.50
10 W J O'Reilly Australia 1932-1946 27 144 22.60 7/54 11 3 5.33
11 H Ironmonger Australia 1928-1933 14 74 17.97 7/23 4 2 5.29
12 C Blythe England 1901-1910 19 100 18.63 8/59 9 4 5.26
13 F R Spofforth Australia 1877-1887 18 94 18.41 7/44 7 4 5.22
14 R Ashwin* India 2011- 86 442 24.13 7/59 30 7 5.14
15 Shabbir Ahmed Pakistan 2003-2005 10 51 23.04 5/48 2 0 5.10
16 Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 2009-2014 35 178 28.11 7/55 10 4 5.09
17 Yasir Shah* Pakistan 2014- 48 244 31.38 8/41 16 3 5.08
18 D K Lillee Australia 1971-1984 70 355 23.92 7/83 23 7 5.07
19 R Peel England 1884-1896 20 101 16.98 7/31 5 1 5.05
20 R J Hadlee New Zealand 1973-1990 86 431 22.30 9/52 36 9 5.01
21 S K Warne Australia 1992-2007 145 708 25.42 8/71 37 10 4.88
22 S E Bond New Zealand 2001-2009 18 87 22.09 6/51 5 1 4.83
23 K Higgs England 1965-1968 15 71 20.75 6/91 2 0 4.73
24 S C G MacGill Australia 1998-2008 44 208 29.02 8/108 12 2 4.73
25 P S De Villiers South Africa 1993-1998 18 85 24.25 6/23 5 2 4.72
26 D W Steyn* South Africa 2004-2019 93 439 22.95 7/51 26 5 4.72
27 A A Mailey Australia 1920-1926 21 99 33.92 9/121 6 2 4.71
28 P P Ojha India 2009-2013 24 113 30.27 6/47 7 1 4.71
29 A Kumble India 1990-2008 132 619 29.65 10/74 35 8 4.69
30 K Rabada* South Africa 2015- 52 243 22.41 7/112 11 4 4.67
31 H M R K B Herath Sri Lanka 1999-2018 93 433 28.08 9/127 34 9 4.66
32 W J Whitty Australia 1909-1912 14 65 21.12 6/17 3 0 4.64
33 M D Marshall West Indies 1978-1991 81 376 20.95 7/22 22 4 4.64
34 C E H Croft West Indies 1977-1982 27 125 23.30 8/29 3 0 4.63
35 P J Cummins* Australia 2011- 43 199 21.66 6/23 7 1 4.63
36 A V Bedser England 1946-1955 51 236 24.90 7/44 15 5 4.63
37 Mohammad Asif Pakistan 2005-2010 23 106 24.45 6/41 7 1 4.61
38 H J Tayfield South Africa 1949-1960 37 170 25.91 9/113 14 2 4.59
39 G E Palmer Australia 1880-1886 17 78 21.51 7/65 6 2 4.59
40 A A Donald South Africa 1992-2002 72 330 22.25 8/71 20 3 4.58

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