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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
Warne, S K Australia 25.42 57.49   120 566 25.63 59.45   25 142 24.58 49.69   -1.04   -9.76
Swann, G P England 29.97 60.19   36 153 28.82 58.19   24 102 31.69 63.20   2.86   5.01
Kumble, A India 29.65 65.99   110 533 28.76 65.46   22 86 35.19 69.30   6.43 3.84  
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  
Caddick, A R England 29.91 57.94   40 143 28.74 60.34   22 91 31.75 54.16   3.01   -6.18
Johnson, M G Australia 28.41 51.12   51 205 30.93 55.31   22 108 23.62 43.18   -7.31 -12.13
Ntini, M South Africa 28.83 53.42   80 323 27.75 51.68   21 67 34.00 61.81   6.25 10.12
Srinath, J India 30.49 64.00   46 168 30.48 63.48   21 68 30.51 65.29   0.03   1.82  
Edmonds, P H England 34.18 96.22   31 83 33.18 95.64   20 42 36.17 97.38   2.99   1.74  
Waqar Younis Pakistan 23.56 43.50   68 313 22.51 42.23   19 60 29.05 50.08   6.54 7.85
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
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
Gillespie, J N Australia 26.14 54.96   52 199 25.57 53.53   19 60 28.03 59.68   2.47   6.15
Hoggard, M J England 30.50 56.08   49 191 29.42 53.21   18 57 34.12 65.70   4.70   12.49
Lee, B Australia 30.82 53.33   58 225 31.94 53.61   18 85 27.86 52.56   -4.08   -1.05  
McGrath, G D Australia 21.64 51.95   106 481 21.43 51.46   18 82 22.89 54.84   1.46   3.38  
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
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
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  
Yardley, B Australia 31.63 70.71   16 44 37.77 95.61   17 82 28.34 57.34   -9.43 -38.27
McDermott, C J Australia 28.63 57.00   54 217 28.76 56.93   17 74 28.24 57.19   -0.52   0.26  
Alderman, T M Australia 27.15 59.89   24 86 32.16 68.07   17 84 22.02 51.51   -10.14 -16.56
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  
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  
Greig, A W England 32.21 69.52   41 113 30.89 67.96   17 28 37.50 75.79   6.61 7.82
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
Kapil Dev India 29.65 63.92   115 401 29.66 62.26   16 33 29.48 84.03   -0.18   21.77
Hughes, M G Australia 28.38 57.95   37 144 28.85 58.48   16 68 27.40 56.82   -1.45   -1.66  
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
Hogg, R M Australia 28.48 62.06   23 85 23.89 57.06   15 38 38.74 73.24   14.84 16.18
Morkel, M South Africa 27.67 53.39   71 242 29.33 56.36   15 67 21.67 42.66   -7.66 -13.71
Miller, K R Australia 22.98 61.54   40 117 21.34 61.69   15 53 26.58 61.19   5.24 -0.50  
Bailey, T E England 29.21 73.58   46 99 31.30 74.17   15 33 22.94 71.79   -8.36 -2.38  
Bedi, B S India 28.71 80.32   53 215 27.33 80.82   14 51 34.55 78.20   7.22 -2.62  
Giles, A F England 40.60 85.17   40 116 36.81 81.37   14 27 56.89 101.52   20.08 20.15
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
Laker, J C England 21.25 62.32   32 139 21.76 60.01   14 54 19.94 68.26   -1.81   8.25
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
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
Muralitharan, M Sri Lanka 22.73 55.05   120 735 21.96 54.47   13 65 31.43 61.60   9.48 7.13
Allen, D A England 30.98 92.60   26 80 30.41 90.46   13 42 32.05 96.67   1.64   6.20
Sarfraz Nawaz Pakistan 32.76 78.81   42 133 32.40 77.89   13 44 33.84 81.61   1.44   3.73  
Chandrasekhar, B S India 29.75 65.96   45 194 28.69 65.33   13 48 34.02 68.52   5.33 3.19  
Dilley, G R England 29.76 59.36   28 86 31.08 61.79   13 52 27.58 55.35   -3.50   -6.44
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  
Nel, A South Africa 31.86 62.03   23 84 29.80 59.04   13 39 36.31 68.49   6.51 9.45
McKenzie, G D Australia 29.79 71.87   47 207 28.40 68.60   13 39 37.15 89.26   8.75 20.66
Wasim Akram Pakistan 23.62 54.65   91 383 23.10 53.10   13 31 30.00 73.87   6.90 20.77
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
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
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
Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 28.11 65.15   23 122 27.10 61.35   12 56 30.30 73.41   3.21   12.06
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  
Flintoff, A England 32.79 66.15   67 197 32.02 63.77   12 29 38.00 82.38   5.98 18.61
Streak, H H Zimbabwe 28.14 62.77   53 187 26.85 62.37   12 29 36.48 65.38   9.63 3.01  
Garner, J West Indies 20.98 50.85   47 210 21.38 52.15   11 49 19.24 45.24   -2.14   -6.91
Lillee, D K Australia 23.92 52.02   59 321 22.94 49.69   11 34 33.21 74.00   10.27 24.31
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
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  
Barnes, S F England 16.43 41.66   16 94 21.32 53.50   11 95 11.60 29.94   -9.72 -23.56
Illingworth, R England 31.20 96.59   50 109 28.99 92.44   11 13 49.77 131.38   20.78 38.94
Verity, H England 24.38 77.59   29 107 23.07 70.17   11 37 28.14 99.05   5.06 28.89
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  
Panesar, M S England 34.71 74.70   39 126 34.37 71.76   11 41 35.76 83.73   1.38   11.97
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
Trueman, F S England 21.58 49.44   57 252 21.79 50.07   10 55 20.64 46.55   -1.15   -3.53  
Noble, M A Australia 25.00 58.75   32 106 24.60 55.39   10 15 27.80 82.53   3.20   27.15
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  
Johnston, W A Australia 23.91 69.05   30 132 22.02 66.44   10 28 32.82 81.36   10.80 14.92
Kaneria, D Pakistan 34.80 67.80   51 220 33.90 68.15   10 41 39.61 65.93   5.71 -2.23  
Grimmett, C V Australia 24.22 67.19   27 147 26.67 68.41   10 69 18.99 64.58   -7.69 -3.84  
Davidson, A K Australia 20.53 62.30   34 139 19.91 61.14   10 47 22.38 65.70   2.48   4.56  
Abdul Qadir Pakistan 32.81 72.57   57 216 31.50 70.53   10 20 46.95 94.55   15.45 24.02
Saqlain Mushtaq Pakistan 29.84 67.64   39 165 28.86 69.47   10 43 33.58 60.63   4.72   -8.84
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
Lawson, G F Australia 30.56 61.77   37 145 30.48 60.03   9 35 30.89 68.94   0.40   8.91
Harmison, S J England 31.82 59.18   54 205 30.82 57.50   9 21 41.57 75.57   10.75 18.07
Benaud, R Australia 27.03 77.05   54 219 25.42 72.56   9 29 39.21 110.93   13.79 38.37
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
Imran Khan Pakistan 22.81 53.75   79 354 22.66 53.31   9 8 29.63 73.50   6.97 20.19
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  
Khan, Z India 32.95 60.40   83 288 31.78 58.05   9 23 47.57 89.83   15.78 31.77
Iqbal Qasim, M Pakistan 28.11 76.13   41 137 29.15 78.73   9 34 23.91 65.68   -5.24 -13.05
Underwood, D L England 25.84 73.61   78 278 25.30 71.88   8 19 33.74 98.89   8.44 27.01
Ramadhin, S West Indies 28.98 88.22   35 129 29.68 90.92   8 29 25.86 76.21   -3.82   -14.72
Trumble, H Australia 21.79 57.44   24 91 23.91 62.21   8 50 17.92 48.76   -5.99 -13.45
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  
Fazal Mahmood Pakistan 24.71 70.75   26 125 22.12 62.52   8 14 47.79 144.21   25.67 81.69
Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan 25.70 45.75   39 161 24.76 44.09   7 17 34.53 61.47   9.77 17.38
Snow, J A England 26.67 59.51   42 176 26.19 60.03   7 26 29.92 55.96   3.74   -4.07  
Shastri, R J India 40.97 104.31   73 143 41.36 105.62   7 8 34.00 81.00   -7.36 -24.62
Malcolm, D E England 37.09 66.25   33 113 36.16 65.01   7 15 44.13 75.60   7.97 10.59
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
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
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
Bedser, A V England 24.90 67.45   44 204 24.67 69.21   7 32 26.34 56.25   1.67   -12.96
Venkataraghavan, S India 36.12 95.37   50 145 34.10 92.70   7 11 62.73 130.45   28.63 37.75
Cork, D G England 29.82 58.61   31 118 28.50 56.12   6 13 41.77 81.23   13.27 25.11
Lindwall, R R Australia 23.03 59.87   55 212 22.16 57.91   6 16 34.56 85.88   12.40 27.97
Botham, I T England 28.40 56.96   97 376 28.28 56.60   5 7 35.00 76.29   6.72 19.69
Gupte, S P India 29.55 75.73   31 134 29.13 73.30   5 15 33.33 97.47   4.21   24.17
Gough, D England 28.40 51.62   53 218 27.08 50.15   5 11 54.55 80.82   27.47 30.67
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
Old, C M England 28.11 61.94   41 129 27.86 60.12   5 14 30.43 78.79   2.57   18.67
No. of Records = 104  

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