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 Test Cricket - Bowling Records and Statistics - Career Averages and Ratings
Bowling Averages - Comparison Between Final 2 Years and Earlier Career
 (Retired with minimum 120 Wickets and minimum 5 matches in Final 2 Years)

  Improved by 5% or more    Worsened by 5% or more

Player Country Career
Average
Career
S/R
  Prior to Final 2 Years   Final 2 Years   Variation
Mats Wkts Avg S/R Mat Wkts Avg S/R Avg S/R
Davidson, A K Australia 20.53 62.30   34 139 19.91 61.14   10 47 22.38 65.70   2.48   4.56  
Marshall, M D West Indies 20.95 46.77   66 326 20.55 45.60   15 50 23.54 54.34   2.99   8.74
Croft, C E H West Indies 23.30 49.32   10 58 21.10 40.81   17 67 25.21 56.69   4.11   15.88
Ambrose, C E L West Indies 20.99 54.58   80 337 21.17 53.38   18 68 20.12 60.51   -1.05   7.14
Barnes, S F England 16.43 41.66   16 94 21.32 53.50   11 95 11.60 29.94   -9.72 -23.56
Bishop, I R West Indies 24.29 52.59   24 110 21.34 48.79   19 51 30.67 60.78   9.33 11.99
Miller, K R Australia 22.98 61.54   40 117 21.34 61.69   15 53 26.58 61.19   5.24 -0.50  
Garner, J West Indies 20.98 50.85   47 210 21.38 52.15   11 49 19.24 45.24   -2.14   -6.91
McGrath, G D Australia 21.64 51.95   106 481 21.43 51.46   18 82 22.89 54.84   1.46   3.38  
Donald, A A South Africa 22.25 47.03   60 290 21.66 45.57   12 40 26.55 57.58   4.89   12.00
Laker, J C England 21.25 62.32   32 139 21.76 60.01   14 54 19.94 68.26   -1.81   8.25
Trueman, F S England 21.58 49.44   57 252 21.79 50.07   10 55 20.64 46.55   -1.15   -3.53  
Muralitharan, M Sri Lanka 22.73 55.05   120 735 21.96 54.47   13 65 31.43 61.60   9.48 7.13
Johnston, W A Australia 23.91 69.05   30 132 22.02 66.44   10 28 32.82 81.36   10.80 14.92
Fazal Mahmood Pakistan 24.71 70.75   26 125 22.12 62.52   8 14 47.79 144.21   25.67 81.69
Lindwall, R R Australia 23.03 59.87   55 212 22.16 57.91   6 16 34.56 85.88   12.40 27.97
Hadlee, R J New Zealand 22.30 50.85   74 373 22.46 51.30   12 58 21.26 47.98   -1.20   -3.32  
Waqar Younis Pakistan 23.56 43.50   68 313 22.51 42.23   19 60 29.05 50.08   6.54 7.85
Imran Khan Pakistan 22.81 53.75   79 354 22.66 53.31   9 8 29.63 73.50   6.97 20.19
Pollock, S M South Africa 23.12 57.85   97 385 22.76 57.59   11 36 26.92 60.58   4.15   2.99  
Lillee, D K Australia 23.92 52.02   59 321 22.94 49.69   11 34 33.21 74.00   10.27 24.31
Verity, H England 24.38 77.59   29 107 23.07 70.17   11 37 28.14 99.05   5.06 28.89
Wasim Akram Pakistan 23.62 54.65   91 383 23.10 53.10   13 31 30.00 73.87   6.90 20.77
Holding, M A West Indies 23.69 50.92   52 224 23.20 50.67   8 25 28.08 53.20   4.88   2.53  
Hogg, R M Australia 28.48 62.06   23 85 23.89 57.06   15 38 38.74 73.24   14.84 16.18
Trumble, H Australia 21.79 57.44   24 91 23.91 62.21   8 50 17.92 48.76   -5.99 -13.45
Walker, M H N Australia 27.48 73.14   20 87 24.41 67.30   14 51 32.71 83.12   8.29 15.82
Noble, M A Australia 25.00 58.75   32 106 24.60 55.39   10 15 27.80 82.53   3.20   27.15
Bedser, A V England 24.90 67.45   44 204 24.67 69.21   7 32 26.34 56.25   1.67   -12.96
Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan 25.70 45.75   39 161 24.76 44.09   7 17 34.53 61.47   9.77 17.38
Hall, W W West Indies 26.39 54.28   41 174 24.98 51.45   7 18 40.00 81.61   15.02 30.16
Tayfield, H J South Africa 25.91 79.81   32 158 25.01 78.75   5 12 37.83 93.75   12.83 15.00
Walsh, C A West Indies 24.44 57.84   110 423 25.11 57.28   22 96 21.47 60.32   -3.64   3.05  
Willis, R G D England 25.20 53.41   72 257 25.25 53.92   18 68 25.00 51.46   -0.25   -2.47  
Underwood, D L England 25.84 73.61   78 278 25.30 71.88   8 19 33.74 98.89   8.44 27.01
Benaud, R Australia 27.03 77.05   54 219 25.42 72.56   9 29 39.21 110.93   13.79 38.37
Gillespie, J N Australia 26.14 54.96   52 199 25.57 53.53   19 60 28.03 59.68   2.47   6.15
Warne, S K Australia 25.42 57.49   120 566 25.63 59.45   25 142 24.58 49.69   -1.04   -9.76
Roberts, A M E West Indies 25.61 55.12   38 167 25.77 55.20   9 35 24.89 54.77   -0.88   -0.43  
Snow, J A England 26.67 59.51   42 176 26.19 60.03   7 26 29.92 55.96   3.74   -4.07  
Grimmett, C V Australia 24.22 67.19   27 147 26.67 68.41   10 69 18.99 64.58   -7.69 -3.84  
Streak, H H Zimbabwe 28.14 62.77   53 187 26.85 62.37   12 29 36.48 65.38   9.63 3.01  
Gough, D England 28.40 51.62   53 218 27.08 50.15   5 11 54.55 80.82   27.47 30.67
Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 28.11 65.15   23 122 27.10 61.35   12 56 30.30 73.41   3.21   12.06
Bedi, B S India 28.71 80.32   53 215 27.33 80.82   14 51 34.55 78.20   7.22 -2.62  
Ntini, M South Africa 28.83 53.42   80 323 27.75 51.68   21 67 34.00 61.81   6.25 10.12
Old, C M England 28.11 61.94   41 129 27.86 60.12   5 14 30.43 78.79   2.57   18.67
Botham, I T England 28.40 56.96   97 376 28.28 56.60   5 7 35.00 76.29   6.72 19.69
Gibbs, L R West Indies 29.09 87.75   61 247 28.39 85.06   18 62 31.89 98.47   3.50   13.41
McKenzie, G D Australia 29.79 71.87   47 207 28.40 68.60   13 39 37.15 89.26   8.75 20.66
Cork, D G England 29.82 58.61   31 118 28.50 56.12   6 13 41.77 81.23   13.27 25.11
Chandrasekhar, B S India 29.75 65.96   45 194 28.69 65.33   13 48 34.02 68.52   5.33 3.19  
Caddick, A R England 29.91 57.94   40 143 28.74 60.34   22 91 31.75 54.16   3.01   -6.18
Kumble, A India 29.65 65.99   110 533 28.76 65.46   22 86 35.19 69.30   6.43 3.84  
McDermott, C J Australia 28.63 57.00   54 217 28.76 56.93   17 74 28.24 57.19   -0.52   0.26  
Cairns, C L New Zealand 29.40 53.66   55 197 28.81 53.02   7 21 35.00 59.67   6.19 6.65
Swann, G P England 29.97 60.19   36 153 28.82 58.19   24 102 31.69 63.20   2.86   5.01
Hughes, M G Australia 28.38 57.95   37 144 28.85 58.48   16 68 27.40 56.82   -1.45   -1.66  
Saqlain Mushtaq Pakistan 29.84 67.64   39 165 28.86 69.47   10 43 33.58 60.63   4.72   -8.84
Illingworth, R England 31.20 96.59   50 109 28.99 92.44   11 13 49.77 131.38   20.78 38.94
Valentine, A L West Indies 30.32 93.19   29 123 29.01 90.71   7 16 40.44 112.25   11.43 21.54
Gupte, S P India 29.55 75.73   31 134 29.13 73.30   5 15 33.33 97.47   4.21   24.17
Iqbal Qasim, M Pakistan 28.11 76.13   41 137 29.15 78.73   9 34 23.91 65.68   -5.24 -13.05
Vaas, W P U J C Sri Lanka 29.58 66.02   98 319 29.22 65.68   13 36 32.78 69.06   3.56   3.38  
Morkel, M South Africa 27.67 53.39   71 242 29.33 56.36   15 67 21.67 42.66   -7.66 -13.71
Hoggard, M J England 30.50 56.08   49 191 29.42 53.21   18 57 34.12 65.70   4.70   12.49
Fraser, A R C England 27.32 61.45   32 119 29.49 66.95   14 58 22.88 50.16   -6.61 -16.79
Prasanna, E A S India 30.38 75.94   39 163 29.59 70.50   10 26 35.35 110.08   5.76 39.58
Kapil Dev India 29.65 63.92   115 401 29.66 62.26   16 33 29.48 84.03   -0.18   21.77
Ramadhin, S West Indies 28.98 88.22   35 129 29.68 90.92   8 29 25.86 76.21   -3.82   -14.72
Nel, A South Africa 31.86 62.03   23 84 29.80 59.04   13 39 36.31 68.49   6.51 9.45
Allen, D A England 30.98 92.60   26 80 30.41 90.46   13 42 32.05 96.67   1.64   6.20
Srinath, J India 30.49 64.00   46 168 30.48 63.48   21 68 30.51 65.29   0.03   1.82  
Lawson, G F Australia 30.56 61.77   37 145 30.48 60.03   9 35 30.89 68.94   0.40   8.91
Chatfield, E J New Zealand 32.18 84.23   30 92 30.80 77.09   13 31 36.26 105.42   5.45 28.33
Harmison, S J England 31.82 59.18   54 205 30.82 57.50   9 21 41.57 75.57   10.75 18.07
Greig, A W England 32.21 69.52   41 113 30.89 67.96   17 28 37.50 75.79   6.61 7.82
Johnson, M G Australia 28.41 51.12   51 205 30.93 55.31   22 108 23.62 43.18   -7.31 -12.13
Dilley, G R England 29.76 59.36   28 86 31.08 61.79   13 52 27.58 55.35   -3.50   -6.44
Bailey, T E England 29.21 73.58   46 99 31.30 74.17   15 33 22.94 71.79   -8.36 -2.38  
Abdul Qadir Pakistan 32.81 72.57   57 216 31.50 70.53   10 20 46.95 94.55   15.45 24.02
Khan, Z India 32.95 60.40   83 288 31.78 58.05   9 23 47.57 89.83   15.78 31.77
Cairns, B L New Zealand 32.92 81.75   32 97 31.92 82.53   11 33 35.85 79.48   3.93   -3.04  
Lee, B Australia 30.82 53.33   58 225 31.94 53.61   18 85 27.86 52.56   -4.08   -1.05  
Dillon, M V West Indies 33.57 66.44   19 66 32.00 60.97   19 65 35.17 72.00   3.17   11.03
Flintoff, A England 32.79 66.15   67 197 32.02 63.77   12 29 38.00 82.38   5.98 18.61
Adams, P R South Africa 32.87 66.04   35 102 32.05 67.19   10 32 35.50 62.41   3.45   -4.78  
Alderman, T M Australia 27.15 59.89   24 86 32.16 68.07   17 84 22.02 51.51   -10.14 -16.56
Sarfraz Nawaz Pakistan 32.76 78.81   42 133 32.40 77.89   13 44 33.84 81.61   1.44   3.73  
Kallis, J H South Africa 32.65 69.29   149 271 32.75 69.01   17 21 31.43 72.81   -1.32   3.79  
Edmonds, P H England 34.18 96.22   31 83 33.18 95.64   20 42 36.17 97.38   2.99   1.74  
De Freitas, P A J England 33.57 70.27   33 95 33.87 74.00   11 45 32.93 62.40   -0.94   -11.60
Kaneria, D Pakistan 34.80 67.80   51 220 33.90 68.15   10 41 39.61 65.93   5.71 -2.23  
Venkataraghavan, S India 36.12 95.37   50 145 34.10 92.70   7 11 62.73 130.45   28.63 37.75
Sobers, G S A West Indies 34.04 91.91   84 212 34.30 90.92   9 23 31.65 101.09   -2.64   10.17
Panesar, M S England 34.71 74.70   39 126 34.37 71.76   11 41 35.76 83.73   1.38   11.97
Martin, C S New Zealand 33.64 60.20   59 190 34.78 61.67   12 43 28.60 53.70   -6.18 -7.97
Morrison, D K New Zealand 34.68 62.90   37 125 35.30 64.00   11 35 32.49 58.97   -2.81   -5.03
Taylor, J E West Indies 34.46 59.67   29 82 35.65 60.18   17 48 32.44 58.79   -3.21   -1.39  
Malcolm, D E England 37.09 66.25   33 113 36.16 65.01   7 15 44.13 75.60   7.97 10.59
Giles, A F England 40.60 85.17   40 116 36.81 81.37   14 27 56.89 101.52   20.08 20.15
Yardley, B Australia 31.63 70.71   16 44 37.77 95.61   17 82 28.34 57.34   -9.43 -38.27
Edwards, F H West Indies 37.87 58.22   43 122 39.43 59.54   12 43 33.44 54.49   -5.99 -5.05
Shastri, R J India 40.97 104.31   73 143 41.36 105.62   7 8 34.00 81.00   -7.36 -24.62
No. of Records = 104  

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