highest test wicket takers
highest test wicket takers

Highest Test Wicket Takers List: Test cricket is considered as one of the most loved formats of cricket. Players with the most number of wickets under their name will be considered as the highest Test wicket takers.

The first officially recognized Test match took place between 15 and 19 March 1877 and was played between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

In October 2012, the ICC recast the playing conditions for Test matches, permitting day/night Test matches. The first day/night game took place between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, on 27 November – 1 December 2015.

How a Test Cricket is Played?

  • A Test match is scheduled for 5 days with two innings per side.
  • Each session consists of 30 overs.
  • The first session will be held before lunch.
  • The second session after lunch and before the tea break.
  • The third session is played after tea until the umpire declares the end of the day’s play.
  • Players are allowed a 40-minute lunchtime and 20-minute tea break.
  • If any session fails to meet the 30-over requirement due to bad weather or any other issue, an attempt to reduce the shortage of overs is made over the following sessions.
  • The day’s playtime may get extended in that case.

Highest Test Wicket Takers List

Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the highest wickets among all the players in Test Cricket. He has the highest aggregate with 800 wickets at an average of 22.72.

Muttiah Muralitharan holds the top position in the highest test wicket takers list
Muttiah Muralitharan

Shane Warne is the 2nd most wicket-takers in the Test as he has taken 708 wickets at an average of 25.41. Anil Kumble has 619 wickets and holds the third position in the list.

England’s James Anderson is the only active player to reach the feat of 600 wickets in test format. Following are the list of top 50 players with the highest number of Test wickets under their name:

Player Mat Inns Wkts BBI BBM Ave 5 10
1 Muttiah Muralitharan(SL) 133 230 800 9/51 16/220 22.72 67 22
2 Shane Warne(AUS) 145 273 708 8/71 12/128 25.41 37 10
3 Anil Kumble (INDIA) 132 236 619 10/74 14/149 29.65 35 8
4 James Anderson(ENG) 162 301 617 7/42 11/71 26.67 30 3
5 Glenn McGrath (AUS) 124 243 563 8/24 10/27 21.64 29 3
6 Stuart Broad (ENG) 148 272 523 8/15 11/121 27.72 18 3
7 Courtney Walsh (WI) 132 242 519 7/37 13/55 24.44 22 3
8 Dale Steyn (SA) 93 171 439 7/51 11/60 22.95 26 5
9 Kapil Dev (INDIA) 131 227 434 9/83 11/146 29.64 23 2
10 Rangana Herath (SL) 93 170 433 9/127 14/184 28.07 34 9
11 Richard Hadlee (NZ) 86 150 431 9/52 15/123 22.29 36 9
12 Shaun Pollock (SA) 108 202 421 7/87 10/147 23.11 16 1
13 Harbhajan Singh (INDIA) 103 190 417 8/84 15/217 32.46 25 5
14 Wasim Akram (PAK) 104 181 414 7/119 11/110 23.62 25 5
15 Ravichandran Ashwin (INDIA) 79 148 413 7/59 13/140 24.56 30 7
16 Curtly Ambrose (WI) 98 179 405 8/45 11/84 20.99 22 3
17 Nathan Lyon (AUS) 100 191 399 8/50 13/154 32.12 18 3
18 Makhaya Ntini (SA) 101 190 390 7/37 13/132 28.82 18 4
19 Ian Botham (ENG) 102 168 383 8/34 13/106 28.40 27 4
20 Malcolm Marshall (WI) 81 151 376 7/22 11/89 20.94 22 4
21 Waqar Younis (PAK) 87 154 373 7/76 13/135 23.56 22 5
22 Imran Khan (PAK) 88 142 362 8/58 14/116 22.81 23 6
23 Daniel Vettori (ICC/NZ) 113 187 362 7/87 12/149 34.36 20 3
24 Dennis Lillee (AUS) 70 132 355 7/83 11/123 23.92 23 7
25 Chaminda Vaas (SL) 111 194 355 7/71 14/191 29.58 12 2
26 Allan Donald (SA) 72 129 330 8/71 12/139 22.25 20 3
27 Bob Willis (ENG) 90 165 325 8/43 9/92 25.20 16 0
28 Tim Southee (NZ) 79 148 314 7/64 10/108 28.22 12 1
29 Mitchell Johnson (AUS) 73 140 313 8/61 12/127 28.40 12 3
30 Zaheer Khan (INDIA) 92 165 311 7/87 10/149 32.94 11 1
31 Brett Lee (AUS) 76 150 310 5/30 9/171 30.81 10 0
32 Morne Morkel (SA) 86 160 309 6/23 9/110 27.66 8 0
33 Lance Gibbs (WI) 79 148 309 8/38 11/157 29.09 18 2
34 Fred Trueman (ENG) 67 127 307 8/31 12/119 21.57 17 3
35 Ishant Sharma (INDIA) 102 183 306 7/74 10/108 32.18 11 1
36 Derek Underwood (ENG) 86 151 297 8/51 13/71 25.83 17 6
37 Trent Boult (NZ) 73 139 292 6/30 10/80 27.67 8 1
38 Jacques Kallis (SA) 166 272 292 6/54 9/92 32.65 5 0
39 Craig McDermott (AUS) 71 124 291 8/97 11/157 28.63 14 2
40 Bishan Bedi (INDIA) 67 118 266 7/98 10/194 28.71 14 1
41 Danish Kaneria (PAK) 61 112 261 7/77 12/94 34.79 15 2
42 Joel Garner(WI) 58 111 259 6/56 9/108 20.97 7 0
43 Jason Gillespie (AUS) 71 137 259 7/37 9/80 26.13 8 0
44 Mitchell Starc (AUS) 61 117 255 6/50 11/94 27.57 13 2
45 Graeme Swann (ENG) 60 109 255 6/65 10/132 29.96 17 3
46 Brian Statham (ENG) 70 129 252 7/39 11/97 24.84 9 1
47 Michael Holding (WI) 60 113 249 8/92 14/149 23.68 13 2
48 Richie Benaud (AUS) 63 116 248 7/72 11/105 27.03 16 1
49 Matthew Hoggard (ENG) 67 122 248 7/61 12/205 30.50 7 1
50 Graham McKenzie (AUS) 60 113 246 8/71 10/91 29.78 16 3

List Prepared as of 15 July 2021