Best Bowling Averages in Test Cricket History
When we talk about comparisons between batsmen in Test cricket, we refer to their batting averages. The batting average is nothing but the average of the total runs scored by the batsman in the number of matches divided by the total number of innings that he’s featured in.
Similarly, when we make a comparison between bowlers in Test cricket, rather than making the inference based on the number of wickets they’ve taken, it’s better to consider their bowling averages. A bowling average is nothing but the number of runs that the bowler concedes on average before taking a wicket.
In the article below, we’ve put together a list of the best bowling averages in Test cricket.
- George Lohmann (England) – Bowling Average: 10.75
- Sydney Barnes (England) – Bowling Average: 16.43
- Charlie Turner (Australia) – Bowling Average: 16.53
- Bobby Peel (England) – Bowling Average: 16.98
- Johnny Briggs (England) – Bowling Average: 17.75
- Best Bowling Averages in Test Cricket History (Past 2 Years)
George Lohmann (England) – Bowling Average: 10.75
The legendary English bowler George Lohmann features first on the list of bowlers with the best Test bowling average. In the 18 matches that he played, Lohmann conceded a total of 1205 runs at an economy of just 1.88. Additionally, he took a total of 112 wickets during his career and at a bowling average of 10.75.
Sydney Barnes (England) – Bowling Average: 16.43
Another Englishman, Sydney Barnes features second on the list of bowlers with the best Test bowling average. In the 27 matches that he featured in, he took a total of 189 wickets at an economy of just 2.36 at a bowling average of 16.43.
Charlie Turner (Australia) – Bowling Average: 16.53
Having played 17 matches and claiming a total of 101 wickets in the process, Charlie Turner of Australia features third on this list. With an economy rate of just 1.93, Turner had a career bowling average of 16.53.
Bobby Peel (England) – Bowling Average: 16.98
Bobby Peel of England features fourth on this list with a bowling average of 16.98. In the 20 matches that he played, Bobby went on to claim 101 wickets at an economy rate of 1.97.
Johnny Briggs (England) – Bowling Average: 17.75
In the 33 matches that he played, Johnny Briggs of England went on to claim a total of 118 wickets with a bowling average of 17.75 and an economy rate of 2.35.
Best Bowling Averages in Test Cricket History (Past 2 Years)
Considering the form that these bowlers have shown in the past 2 years, we’ve put together a list of bowlers that have been active in the past 2 years and their bowling averages. This will give us a better indication of bowlers that are part of the international circuit as of now and may break into the list of top bowling averages in Test cricket if they continue the form that they’ve shown in the early parts of their careers.
Kylie Jamieson (New Zealand) – Bowling Average: 17.30
In the 12 matches that he’s played so far, Kylie Jamieson has claimed 60 wickets with a bowling average of just 17.30 and an economy of just 2.51. Given that it’s early in his Test career, we’ve not included him in the list of all-time best bowling averages in Test cricket.
Pat Cummins (Australia) – Bowling Average: 21.19
Recently appointed Australian captain Pat Cummins has shown great consistency in his career so far that has helped him feature in the list of best bowlers as per the ICC bowler ratings. In the 38 matches that he’s been part of, Cummins has gone on to claim a total of 185 wickets at a bowling average of just 21.19.
Hasan Ali (Pakistan) – Bowling Average: 21.59
Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali has made a great start to his bowling career. In the 17 matches that he’s featured in, Ali has managed to claim 72 wickets at a bowling average of just 21.59 at an economy of 3.09. If he continues the stunning form that he’s displayed towards the start of his career, Ali will be a great asset for Pakistan’s bowling lineup.
Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) – Bowling Average: 22.43
Having played 50 Test matches, Kagiso Rabada of South Africa has managed to claim a total of 233 wickets at an average of just 22.43. Given the longevity of the consistent performances that Rabada has managed to upkeep, the South African pacer has truly been a menace to batsmen and has dismissed them on numerous occasions.
Jasprit Bumrah (India) – Bowling Average: 22.85
Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah also features on this list thanks to the stunning bowling performances that he’s put in over the past two years. Having played a total of 27 Test matches, Bumrah has claimed a total of 113 wickets at a bowling average of 22.85 and an economy of just 2.65. His consistency and his natural ability to take wickets at key junctures of the game is what helped India reach the finals of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship where they lost out to New Zealand.
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