Players with Most test wickets

Test Cricket is totally different format of cricket from ODI’s and t20, and playing test cricket is not the cup of tea for everyone and to sustain yourself in test cricket is more difficult than playing test cricket. In this article, you will get the names of bowlers who have the recorded most test wickets on their names.

Here are the top ten bowlers who got the most test wickets throughout their career:-

8. Dale Steyn (South Africa)

Dale Steyn is always known for his fast bowling. He also dominated the Number one spot in the ICC Test Ranking for a long time. He is considered as one of the fastest bowlers of all time. He has the record of holding maximum wickets in the cricketing year. In the year 2007/08, he got 78 wickets for which he also got the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year Award in 2008. Later in 2013, he was also named for the Wisden cricketer of the year.
He also holds the record of the maximum number of days at the top of ICC test ranking with 2,365 days. With his aggressive bowling style, he recorded many triumphs for South Africa.
Matches – 93
Wickets – 439
Average – 22.95
Best – 07/51
5 W – 26
10 W – 05

7. Stuart Broad (England)

The former ODI and t20 captain of England Stuart Broad are at number seven in this record. The right arm seam bowler made his test debut in 2007 against Sri Lanka. He took 485 test wickets in 138 test matches. His best test bowling figure is 8/15 which he took in the year 2015 against Australia in the Ashes this spell was also named as the Wisden spell of the decade. He played an important part in the English team. Not only with his bowling but with the bat as well he has contributed for the English team.
Matches – 138
Wickets – 485
Average – 28.50
Best – 08/15
5 W – 17
10 W – 02

6. Courtney Andrew Walsh

The former Jamaican Cricketer and West Indies Captain is at number six with the hold of 519 Test wickets. He was the first man to reach the milestone of 500 wickets in test cricket. He and his bowling partner Curtly Ambrose made the record of sharing the 421 test wickets in just 49 matches. He made his debut in 1984 against Australia.
Walsh also got the Wisden cricketer of the year in 1987 and also included in the ICC Hall of Fame in 2010.
Matches – 132
Wickets – 519
Average – 24.44
Best – 07/37
5 W – 22
10 W – 03

5. Glenn McGrath (Australia)

On number five we have the former Australia Medium Pace bowler Glenn MacGrath who made his debut in 1993 against New Zealand and he served for 14 years to Australian cricket. He is considered as one of the greatest bowlers of all time in Australia and the cricket world. He was mainly famous for his Line & Length and consistency. He is also considered as one of the most economical bowlers. He has contributed a lot to the domination of Australia in the cricketing world. He has played crucial roles with his bowling.
One of the famous contributions of him was in the 2003 world cup final where he took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in the first over.
He has the record of most world cup wickets (71). He is at the seventh rank in ODI wicket-taker and 5th in test matches.
Matches – 124
Wickets – 563
Average – 21.64
Best – 08/24
5 W – 29
10 W – 03

4. James Anderson (England)

James Anderson is the leading wicket-taker in test cricket among all the fast bowlers, previously there was Australian Fast bowler Glenn Megrath with 562 wickets. Jimmy Anderson also holds the record of most wicket holder fro England in both ODI’s and Test.
He is the world 6th bowler who surpasses the milestone of getting 500 test wickets and the first English Bowler.
The right-arm English fast bowler made his debut at the young age of 20 when he played his first One Day International match in 2002 against Australia. He has played crucial roles through his bowling in the victory of England in several matches.
Matches – 151
Wickets – 584
Average – 26.83
Best – 07/42
5 W – 28
10 W – 03

3. Anil Kumble (India)

This legendary player was born in Bangalore remains on the 3rd position in this list. The former cricketer, coach, commentator, the captain got 619 in his 18 years of cricketing career after the M.Murlitharan and Shane Warne. He has made a unique record of taking wickets of all the 10 batsmen in an innings at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi and join the company of Jim Laker from England.
He is also known as his nickname (Jumbo), he didn’t have the spinning magic of the ball but because of his bowling variation, bounce and pace, he became one of the most successful cricketers. He is the leading wicket-taker in test cricket from India.
He also got the Wisden cricketer of the year award in 1996.
Matches – 132
Wickets – 619
Average – 29.65
Best – 10/74
5 W – 35
10 W – 08

2. Shane Warne (Australia)

Commentator and the Former Australian Captain and International cricketer Shane Warne made his debut in 1992 against India. He considered one of the greatest players of all time in the cricket world. He is at the second position in the record of most test wickets his career was plagued due to some scandals off the field. He also banned by the cricket board in 2004 after getting positive in a test for a prohibited substance, charges of bringing the game into disrepute by accepting money from bookmakers and sexual indiscretions.
After all these things he is one of the legendary cricketers due to his performance and exceptional talent of spinning the ball. M.Murlitharan maybe got the highest wicket in test but he was also known as the king of spin. He got the Wisden cricketers award twice once in 1994 and second in 2004. In 1997 he won the Wisden leading Cricketer (National Winner), not only this in fact in 2000, he was selected as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century. He took official retirement in July 2013.
Matches – 145
Wickets – 708
Average – 25.41
Best – 08/71
5 W – 37
10 W – 10

1. Deshabandu Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan Legend and right-arm off-spinner M Muralitharan is at the top in this record. He considered one of the most honored players in the cricket world. He started his career cricketing career in 1992 against Australia he took 3 wickets and Craig McDermott was his 1st wicket.
He made a world record for holding the maximum number of wickets both in ODI and test matches. He played his last test match on 22 July 2010 and completed his 800th test wicket milestone. In 2017, he became the only cricketer from Sri Lanka who included in the ICC hall of fame.
Matches – 133
Wickets – 800
Average – 22.72
Best – 09/51
5 W – 67
10 W – 22