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Players with Most Five-Wicket Hauls in Test Cricket History

Yogesh Gupta
January 24, 2022, 11:51
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Players with Most Five-Wicket Hauls in Test Cricket History

Ever since the introduction of Test cricket, several players have made multiple records in this format. Test cricket has witnessed several landmarks by bowlers, and today you’ll learn about the list of bowlers with the record of most 5-wicket hauls in Test cricket.

Before diving in, you must know that a five-wicket haul or fifer is when a bowler manages to take five or more wickets in an inning. Below is the list of the top ten bowlers who made it into the list of most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.

1. Muttiah Muralitharan – Sri Lanka

Muttiah Muralitharan, popularly known as Murali, is one of the most talented and finest bowlers in Test cricket history. With a total of 67 five-wicket hauls, he has the maximum 5-wicket haul in Test cricket. When it comes to the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, the points board ranks Murali number one. That’s because Murali has taken 800 wickets in his Test career, and no one has ever gone close to him. He has 1792 maidens in his name with an average of 22.43. There’s no doubt that Murali is one of the legends of the cricketing world. It’s difficult to tell whether any bowler would be able to surpass his records sometime soon or not.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
1 Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka 1992-2010 133 800 67

2. Shane Warne – Australia

Shane Warne is an Australian leg-spinner who is well-known by cricket fans worldwide. Shane is just second in line to Muralitharan, who still holds the record for the biggest number of 5-wicket haul in Test cricket. With an average of 25.41 and a total of 708 Test wickets for the Australian team, Shane managed to take 37 five-wicket hauls in his entire Test career. The Australian team was lucky to have this stunning spinner by their side for a total of 145 Test matches. Shane is undoubtedly one of the greatest bowlers of all time.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
2 Shane Warne Australia 1992-2007 145 708 37

3. Sir RJ Hadlee – New Zealand

Sir Richard Hadlee is one of the most spectacular fast pace bowlers of all time. He played for the New Zealand team and spent 17 years of his Test career to make the record of 36 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket. This legendary bowler had taken a total of 431 Test wickets, which is incredible. Also, his nine 10-wicket hauls in Test made him an iconic bowler in the cricketing world. He is still retaining the third position among the bowlers with the most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
3 Sir Richard Hadlee New Zealand 1973-1990 86 431 36

4. Anil Kumble – India

With 35 fifers in Test cricket, Anil Kumble from India ranked fourth in the list of most 5-wicket hauls in Test cricket. Anil is a right-arm leg-break bowler and was called ‘Jumbo’ with love. No matter what format, he was India’s leading wicket-taker for a decade or two. He and Jim Laker managed to pick up all ten wickets in a single Test match innings as a bowler. In India, he stands on the top with the maximum five-wicket hauls in Test format.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
4 Anil Kumble India 1990-2008 132 619 35

5. Rangana Herath – Sri Lanka

When it comes to the most 5-wicket hauls in Test cricket, Rangana Herath from Sri Lanka stands in fifth place with 34 fifers in his record. Among all the left-arm bowlers, Herath is the leading wicket-taker with 433 Test wickets on his name. In 2012, Herath became the top wicket-taker with an estimated average of 23.61 and a total of 60 wickets.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
5 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 1999-2018 93 433 34

6. Ravichandran Ashwin – India

In the list of bowlers with the most 5-wicket hauls for Test cricket, Ravichandran Ashwin stands in sixth place with 30 fifers in his credit. This Indian right-arm off-break spinner is one of the best ever seen by BCCI. Whether right or left, Ashwin is renowned for his skill to spin the ball in either direction. With his hardcore determination to the game, Ashwin will soon break some records too.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
6 Ravichandran Ashwin India 2011-2021 78 413 30

7. James Anderson – England

James Anderson is one of the most recognizable sports personalities around the world. This amazing athlete is a fast bowler for the England cricket team. With 30 fifers in credit, the seventh position for the most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket stays with him. He has an average of 26.63, with 621 wickets picked up in 160 Test matches.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
7 James Anderson England 2003-2021 160 621 30

8. Glen McGrath – Australia

Glenn Donald McGrath is one of the most renowned and respected Australian cricketers who retired from all formats of the game long ago. In his 14 years of Test career, he was and is still considered one of the most successful bowlers of all time. With 29 fifers in his name, he holds the eighth position on the list.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
8 Glen McGrath Australia 1993-2007 124 563 29

9. Ian Botham – England

Ian Botham is one of the legendary cricketers from England. He is considered one of the best English all-rounders ever to play this game. When it comes to the rise of English cricket, Ian Botham will always be known as the key figure. He assisted the team in gaining huge popularity in the midst of all football clubs and great footballers in England during the 70s and 80s. However, he stands ninth in the list of most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket with 27 fifers.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
9 Ian Botham England 1977-1992 102 383 27

10. Dale Steyn – South Africa

Dale Steyn is one of the best South African bowlers that Test cricket has ever seen. His bowling performance used to keep the world stunned. That’s because he delivered every ball with extreme speed combined with a constrained swing. This modern-day cricketing wizard had influenced millions of cricket enthusiasts to take fast-bowling as their practice option. Here, Steyn manages to be on the list of most five-wicket hauls with 26 fifers made in his Test career.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Wickets  5W
10 Dale Steyn South Africa 2004-2019 93 439 26

 

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