Top 25 Fast Bowlers Away From Home In Test Cricket

All Test Ratings on the website are from 01/01/1950 onwards. Our ratings are based on conditions and diverse oppositions. Before the above mentioned date, there were primarily only two teams which dominated cricket. Moreover, matches were of unequal length with some ending in 4 days and some being timeless. Post 1950, West Indies and South Africa grew as test teams. Moreover, Asian teams India and Pakistan started improving after 1950 and became compenent at home at least. Performance in Asia and outside Asia are integral to our overall rating. How the rating works is explained in highlighted sections. So, here are the Top 25 Fast bowlers in matches Away From Home

*Note: All Test Ratings are updated till 2022-11-13

AWAY Rating

This rating only include stats of Fast bowlers in matches Away From Home. The rating is divided into sections to make it easy to understand how it is calculated. Before each section, its criteria is highlighted in bold. Our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier bowlers may change if current bowlers set new benchmarks. It is to be noted that U.A.E. is considered as a second Home for Pakistan and all stats of Pakistani bowlers are calculated accordingly.

The Trend Setter

The Trend Setter (TS) is the player which does the best in a criteria. The rating of all other players are calculated as percentage points of TS. Let’s taken an example to understand it:-

  • Let’s assume that Glenn McGrath has taken 500 wkts, which is the highest. This makes him the TS.
  • Another player, say Jason Gillespie, has taken 250 wkts.
  • If the rating is out of 250, McGrath will get the full points (pts), that is 250.
  • The points of Gillespie are calculated as His Wkts/McGrath’s Wkts*250. This comes out to be 125.
  • Thus the formula is (Wkts Taken/Wkts Taken By TS)*Max Points.
  • All ratings are calculated similarly with Wkts being replaced by the Criteria Stat.
  • Obviously, for average the formula is reverased as the lower average is better for a bowler.
  • For Average and Strike Rate, a bowler is eligible to be TS only if he has taken a minimum number of wickets, which are mentioned in the qualificaton.
  • Lastly, it is to be noted that it is not necessary for a TS to be part of the rating as he might have topped in a criteria but not done well in others.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 20
Min Wickets (TS AVE SR) 50
Min Wickets v/s Top Teams (TS AVE) 25
The Eras

The first criteria Prolific gives points for wkts taken. We have divided cricket from 1950 onwards into 3 broad eras. This has been done to make it fair for players from earlier era, when less cricket was played, and also for current players, who are in the middle of their careers. Let’s take an example:-

  • Let’s assume Murlidharan has taken 500 wickets, which is the maximum and gives him 250 points.
  • Now, say Underwood in earlier times took 250 wkts, which was the max for his era.
  • If there are no eras, he would get 50% of the pts, that is 125.
  • Instead of that, we reduced 50 pts (according to %age) from the max to arrive at the figure of 200 pts for Underwood.
  • Now, everyone in his era is compared to Underwood and not Murlidharan.
  • So a player who has taken 50 Wkts in Underwood’s era will get (50/250)*200 pts or 40pts.
  • Eras are calculated by MP, which is the mean of the years a player: First Played (FP) and Last Played (LP).

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Wickets Taken

Era 1 MP before 1991
Era 2 MP between 1990 and 2016
Era 3 MP greater than 2015
RANK ERA 1 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS RJ Hadlee NZ 1973 1990 1981.5 75 230 230.00
1 RJ Hadlee NZ 1973 1990 1981.5 75 230 230.00
2 MD Marshall WI 1978 1991 1984.5 93 219 219.00
3 Imran Khan PAK 1971 1991 1981 83 199 199.00
4 MA Holding WI 1975 1987 1981 71 163 163.00
5 J Garner WI 1977 1987 1982 55 136 136.00
6 AME Roberts WI 1974 1983 1978.5 56 130 130.00
7 AK Davidson AUS 1953 1963 1958 50 102 102.00
8 JA Snow ENG 1965 1976 1970.5 22 62 62.00
9 FH Tyson ENG 1954 1959 1956.5 22 56 56.00
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS CA Walsh WI 1984 2001 1992.5 137 290 250.00
1 CA Walsh WI 1984 2001 1992.5 137 290 250.00
2 GD McGrath AUS 1993 2007 2000 112 274 236.21
3 Wasim Akram PAK 1985 2002 1993.5 111 260 224.14
4 JM Anderson ENG 2003 2022 2012.5 133 238 205.17
5 Zaheer Khan IND 2000 2014 2007 95 207 178.45
6 CEL Ambrose WI 1988 2000 1994 86 202 174.14
7 Waqar Younis PAK 1989 2003 1996 88 199 171.55
8 SM Pollock SA 1995 2008 2001.5 93 186 160.34
9 DW Steyn SA 2004 2019 2011.5 72 178 153.45
10 AA Donald SA 1992 2002 1997 61 153 131.90
11 JN Gillespie AUS 1996 2006 2001 81 149 128.45
12 Mohammad Asif PAK 2005 2010 2007.5 37 96 82.76
13 Shoaib Akhtar PAK 1997 2007 2002 40 84 72.41
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Mohammed Shami IND 2013 2022 2017.5 78 149 200.00
1 Mohammed Shami IND 2013 2022 2017.5 78 149 200.00
2 JJ Bumrah IND 2018 2022 2020 51 114 153.02
3 PJ Cummins AUS 2011 2022 2016.5 35 86 115.44
C Ave

The Comparative Average (C Ave) for bowlers is calculated by taken into account two factors:-

  • First is the average of batsmen in the decades the bowler played.
  • Second is the average of the opposition batsmen at Home, in Asia or outside Asia; whichever is applicable.
  • The average of the opposing team’s batsmen is also calculated by decades.
  • Higher C Ave suggest that more runs were scored by the batsmen in the above mentioned factors.
  • Thus it was difficult to get Wkts and the bowler will benefit from this.
  • Lower C Ave means the opposite.
R Ave

The Relative Average (R Ave) is calculated using the C Ave. Its formula is (Bowler Ave/C Ave)*A Constant Factor. This constant doesn’t affect the rating as it is the same for everone. If your C Ave is comparatively high, your R Ave will be low; which is better for bowlers. Broadly speaking, the following bowlers will benefit from this system:-

  • Bowlers who have played more in unfavourable conditions.
  • Asian fast bowlers and Non-Asian spin bowlers whereever applicable.
  • Bowlers who have played in an era where the batsmen dominated, like the 2000s
  • Bowlers who have played more against top opposition than weaker teams.
Top Teams (TT)

The R Ave Rating is divided into two parts:-

  • One is Overall which gives points for the overall R Ave.
  • The second part is Against Top Teams, which gives points for R Ave against top teams.
  • Win/Loss Ratio is used to determine top teams.
  • The top teams are calculated by decades.
  • Further, they are divided into In Asia and Outside Asia.
  • To be a top team, the team should be among the top teams in the specific condition (Asia or outside Asia) or among the top teams of the decade overall.
  • A bowler’s performace is counted in TT if he palyed against it in the specific condition and in the specific decade.
  • The Top Teams may be found in the last section of the rating.

CONSISTENT


Criteria: Points For Relative Average

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS GD McGrath 112 5703 274 20.81 33.85 19.68 150.00
1 GD McGrath 112 5703 274 20.81 33.85 19.68 150.00
2 Mohammad Asif 37 2160 96 22.50 36.36 19.80 149.07
3 J Garner 55 2685 136 19.74 30.27 20.87 141.43
4 CEL Ambrose 86 4199 202 20.79 31.78 20.93 141.01
5 JA Snow 22 1297 62 20.92 31.72 21.11 139.84
6 PJ Cummins 35 1964 86 22.84 34.07 21.45 137.60
7 FH Tyson 22 1062 56 18.96 27.83 21.80 135.37
8 AK Davidson 50 2051 102 20.11 29.17 22.06 133.80
9 JJ Bumrah 51 2596 114 22.77 32.99 22.09 133.62
10 AA Donald 61 3513 153 22.96 32.81 22.39 131.82
11 RJ Hadlee 75 4997 230 21.73 30.94 22.47 131.36
12 MD Marshall 93 4726 219 21.58 30.58 22.58 130.72
13 DW Steyn 72 4434 178 24.91 35.28 22.60 130.62
14 SM Pollock 93 4778 186 25.69 35.19 23.36 126.37
15 Shoaib Akhtar 40 2156 84 25.67 34.86 23.56 125.26
16 AME Roberts 56 3104 130 23.88 31.18 24.50 120.47
17 Wasim Akram 111 6356 260 24.45 31.85 24.56 120.18
18 CA Walsh 137 7260 290 25.03 32.42 24.71 119.43
19 MA Holding 71 3855 163 23.65 30.49 24.82 118.93
20 JN Gillespie 81 4055 149 27.21 34.90 24.95 118.29
21 Waqar Younis 88 5224 199 26.25 32.70 25.69 114.91
22 Imran Khan 83 5127 199 25.76 30.87 26.70 110.53
23 JM Anderson 133 7284 238 30.61 35.24 27.79 106.20
24 Zaheer Khan 95 6516 207 31.48 35.29 28.55 103.40
25 Mohammed Shami 78 4505 149 30.23 33.27 29.08 101.50

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS GD McGrath 101 5241 259 20.24 33.85 19.13 150.00
1 GD McGrath 101 5241 259 20.24 33.85 19.13 150.00
2 Mohammad Asif 37 2160 96 22.50 36.36 19.80 144.93
3 PJ Cummins 29 1670 78 21.41 34.07 20.11 142.69
4 J Garner 55 2685 136 19.74 30.27 20.87 137.50
5 CEL Ambrose 80 4059 194 20.92 31.78 21.07 136.20
6 JA Snow 22 1297 62 20.92 31.72 21.11 135.96
7 AK Davidson 50 2051 102 20.11 29.17 22.06 130.08
8 MD Marshall 82 4105 186 22.07 30.58 23.09 124.27
9 AA Donald 40 2532 104 24.35 32.81 23.74 120.86
10 JJ Bumrah 47 2476 101 24.51 32.99 23.78 120.67
11 Shoaib Akhtar 30 1663 64 25.98 34.86 23.85 120.29
12 AME Roberts 53 2956 125 23.65 31.18 24.27 118.26
13 RJ Hadlee 64 4413 185 23.85 30.94 24.67 116.32
14 SM Pollock 66 3679 133 27.66 35.19 25.15 114.09
15 MA Holding 60 3192 133 24.00 30.49 25.19 113.94
16 DW Steyn 59 3794 135 28.10 35.28 25.49 112.56
17 FH Tyson 15 876 39 22.46 27.83 25.82 111.12
18 CA Walsh 121 6405 244 26.25 32.42 25.91 110.74
19 JN Gillespie 68 3569 124 28.78 34.90 26.39 108.74
20 Imran Khan 63 3946 152 25.96 30.87 26.91 106.65
21 Wasim Akram 68 4141 151 27.42 31.85 27.55 104.15
22 Waqar Younis 57 3565 119 29.96 32.70 29.31 97.89
23 JM Anderson 114 6345 196 32.37 35.24 29.40 97.62
24 Zaheer Khan 68 4914 148 33.20 35.29 30.11 95.30
25 Mohammed Shami 67 4061 129 31.48 33.27 30.28 94.77
C SR And R SR

The Comparative Strike Rate (C SR) and Relative Strike Rate (R SR) for bowlers is calculated using the same method as in C Ave and R Ave with average replaced with SR. Points to note are:-

  • Bowlers from the earlier era benefit from R SR.
  • This is because more balls were taken to get a Wkt back then as batsmen had better defensive technique.
  • Rest of the factors are the same as in R Ave

ATTACKING


Criteria: Points For R SR or Relative Balls/Wkt

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS WKTS SR C SR R SR RAT
TS FH Tyson 22 2614 56 46.68 72.41 41.90 250.00
1 FH Tyson 22 2614 56 46.68 72.41 41.90 250.00
2 Shoaib Akhtar 40 3814 84 45.40 67.81 43.52 240.68
3 JA Snow 22 3017 62 48.66 71.78 44.06 237.73
4 DW Steyn 72 8112 178 45.57 66.25 44.71 234.28
5 Mohammad Asif 37 4359 96 45.41 65.97 44.74 234.15
6 Waqar Younis 88 9470 199 47.59 65.88 46.95 223.09
7 AA Donald 61 7551 153 49.35 66.73 48.08 217.89
8 GD McGrath 112 13419 274 48.97 66.07 48.18 217.41
9 RJ Hadlee 75 11255 230 48.93 65.47 48.58 215.61
10 PJ Cummins 35 4217 86 49.03 64.12 49.70 210.75
11 MD Marshall 93 10912 219 49.83 63.80 50.76 206.36
12 MA Holding 71 8367 163 51.33 65.48 50.95 205.59
13 AME Roberts 56 6961 130 53.55 68.18 51.05 205.21
14 J Garner 55 6885 136 50.63 64.36 51.13 204.87
15 JJ Bumrah 51 5758 114 50.51 61.92 53.02 197.56
16 CEL Ambrose 86 10778 202 53.36 65.37 53.06 197.43
17 JN Gillespie 81 8233 149 55.26 66.55 53.97 194.09
18 Zaheer Khan 95 11476 207 55.44 65.19 55.28 189.49
19 CA Walsh 137 16519 290 56.96 66.04 56.06 186.85
20 Mohammed Shami 78 8003 149 53.71 62.21 56.12 186.67
21 Wasim Akram 111 14755 260 56.75 65.46 56.35 185.88
22 AK Davidson 50 6753 102 66.21 75.47 57.02 183.71
23 Imran Khan 83 11785 199 59.22 65.93 58.39 179.41
24 SM Pollock 93 12000 186 64.52 67.22 62.38 167.91
25 JM Anderson 133 15663 238 65.81 66.11 64.71 161.88
BBW

In this criteria, we have taken the top 7 bowling performances by Wkts of a bowler. Best Bowling By Wickets (BBW) is simply the total wickets taken in the 7 innings divided by 7.

BEST BOWLING (WKTS)


Criteria: Points For Wkts Taken In Top 7 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 BBW RAT
TS Imran Khan 7/40 7/52 7/80 6/63 6/90 6/102 6/129 6.43 100.00
1 RJ Hadlee 9/52 6/49 6/53 6/57 6/71 6/80 6/80 6.43 100.00
1 GD McGrath 8/38 7/76 7/76 6/47 6/86 6/115 5/21 6.43 100.00
1 Imran Khan 7/40 7/52 7/80 6/63 6/90 6/102 6/129 6.43 100.00
4 MD Marshall 7/22 7/53 6/32 6/37 6/69 6/85 5/29 6.14 95.56
5 MA Holding 8/92 6/21 6/57 6/62 6/67 5/17 5/43 6.00 93.33
6 CA Walsh 7/37 6/18 6/74 6/79 6/80 5/36 5/45 5.86 91.11
6 Wasim Akram 7/119 6/43 6/61 6/62 6/67 5/43 5/43 5.86 91.11
8 AA Donald 8/71 6/59 6/88 5/32 5/69 5/71 5/74 5.71 88.89
8 AME Roberts 7/54 7/64 6/37 5/50 5/57 5/60 5/63 5.71 88.89
8 CEL Ambrose 7/25 6/51 6/52 6/74 5/35 5/43 5/55 5.71 88.89
11 JA Snow 7/40 7/49 6/60 6/114 5/86 4/70 4/82 5.57 86.67
11 SM Pollock 7/87 6/39 6/78 5/28 5/33 5/37 5/53 5.57 86.67
11 Waqar Younis 6/34 6/55 6/78 6/78 5/22 5/52 5/85 5.57 86.67
14 Zaheer Khan 7/87 5/29 5/34 5/53 5/65 5/75 5/95 5.29 82.22
14 AK Davidson 7/93 6/34 5/31 5/38 5/42 5/63 4/42 5.29 82.22
14 JM Anderson 6/40 6/42 5/40 5/43 5/46 5/63 5/72 5.29 82.22
14 DW Steyn 7/51 5/23 5/29 5/46 5/54 5/56 5/56 5.29 82.22
14 Mohammad Asif 6/41 6/44 5/27 5/67 5/76 5/77 5/89 5.29 82.22
14 JJ Bumrah 6/27 6/33 5/7 5/42 5/54 5/64 5/85 5.29 82.22
20 Shoaib Akhtar 6/30 5/21 5/43 5/48 5/99 5/109 4/36 5.00 77.78
20 JN Gillespie 7/37 5/39 5/53 5/54 5/56 4/18 4/24 5.00 77.78
22 J Garner 6/56 5/51 5/55 5/56 4/30 4/36 4/36 4.71 73.33
22 FH Tyson 7/27 6/40 6/85 4/16 4/45 3/23 3/23 4.71 73.33
22 Mohammed Shami 6/56 5/28 5/44 5/112 4/49 4/57 4/66 4.71 73.33
25 PJ Cummins 6/79 5/56 5/83 4/32 4/43 4/58 4/78 4.57 71.11
BBA

In this criteria, we have taken the top 7 bowling performances by Average of a bowler. Best Bowling By Average (BBA) is simply the average of the bowler in the 7 Inns. Only 3+ Wkt performaces are counted in this criteria.

BEST BOWLING (AVE)


Criteria: Points For Average In Top 7 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 BBA RAT
TS MD Marshall 7/22 4/19 6/32 5/29 4/24 6/37 4/25 5.22 100.00
1 MD Marshall 7/22 4/19 6/32 5/29 4/24 6/37 4/25 5.22 100.00
2 GD McGrath 5/21 4/18 8/38 5/28 3/18 3/19 4/29 5.34 97.73
3 JN Gillespie 3/11 4/18 7/37 3/18 4/24 4/29 5/39 5.87 89.02
4 CA Walsh 6/18 4/21 7/37 3/16 5/36 3/22 5/45 5.91 88.38
5 CEL Ambrose 7/25 4/17 3/14 5/35 4/30 6/51 5/43 6.32 82.58
6 SM Pollock 5/28 4/24 6/39 5/33 5/37 3/23 4/32 6.75 77.37
7 RJ Hadlee 4/8 9/52 5/29 6/49 4/33 4/35 6/53 6.82 76.62
8 JM Anderson 4/17 3/17 6/40 6/42 3/24 5/40 4/33 6.87 76.00
9 MA Holding 5/17 6/21 4/30 3/24 5/43 5/45 6/57 6.97 74.92
10 Waqar Younis 5/22 3/15 6/34 4/23 4/36 6/55 4/40 7.03 74.27
11 JJ Bumrah 5/7 6/27 6/33 5/42 5/54 3/33 4/46 7.12 73.37
12 DW Steyn 5/23 5/29 7/51 3/27 5/46 3/30 4/40 7.69 67.93
13 Imran Khan 7/40 4/26 3/20 7/52 4/38 5/49 4/41 7.82 66.75
14 FH Tyson 7/27 4/16 6/40 3/23 3/23 4/45 6/85 7.85 66.54
15 AK Davidson 6/34 5/31 3/22 5/38 5/42 4/42 4/44 7.91 66.05
16 AME Roberts 6/37 3/22 3/23 7/54 3/24 7/64 5/50 8.06 64.80
17 Mohammed Shami 3/15 5/28 5/44 3/28 3/28 6/56 3/32 8.25 63.30
18 Shoaib Akhtar 5/21 6/30 5/43 4/36 5/48 4/47 4/48 8.27 63.13
19 Mohammad Asif 5/27 6/41 6/44 3/30 4/40 4/41 4/43 8.31 62.82
20 Wasim Akram 6/43 4/32 5/43 5/43 5/45 5/45 5/49 8.57 60.93
21 J Garner 4/30 3/24 4/36 4/36 6/56 4/38 5/51 9.03 57.81
22 AA Donald 5/32 8/71 4/37 6/59 3/32 3/34 4/54 9.67 54.02
23 Zaheer Khan 5/29 5/34 5/53 3/32 3/36 7/87 5/65 10.18 51.29
24 PJ Cummins 3/23 3/23 4/32 4/43 5/56 3/35 6/79 10.39 50.25
25 JA Snow 7/40 7/49 6/60 3/39 5/86 4/70 6/114 12.05 43.33
AW Rating

The AWAY (AW) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000.

RATING


RANK BOWLER PRO CON CON TT ATT BBW BBA AW RAT
1 GD McGrath 236.21 150.00 150.00 217.41 100.00 97.73 951.34
2 MD Marshall 219.00 130.72 124.27 206.36 95.56 100.00 875.91
3 RJ Hadlee 230.00 131.36 116.32 215.61 100.00 76.62 869.91
4 CA Walsh 250.00 119.43 110.74 186.85 91.11 88.38 846.51
5 CEL Ambrose 174.14 141.01 136.20 197.43 88.89 82.58 820.24
6 Wasim Akram 224.14 120.18 104.15 185.88 91.11 60.93 786.39
7 DW Steyn 153.45 130.62 112.56 234.28 82.22 67.93 781.07
8 MA Holding 163.00 118.93 113.94 205.59 93.33 74.92 769.71
9 Waqar Younis 171.55 114.91 97.89 223.09 86.67 74.27 768.38
10 Imran Khan 199.00 110.53 106.65 179.41 100.00 66.75 762.34
11 JJ Bumrah 153.02 133.62 120.67 197.56 82.22 73.37 760.46
12 Mohammad Asif 82.76 149.07 144.93 234.15 82.22 62.82 755.96
13 J Garner 136.00 141.43 137.50 204.87 73.33 57.81 750.94
14 AA Donald 131.90 131.82 120.86 217.89 88.89 54.02 745.38
15 SM Pollock 160.34 126.37 114.09 167.91 86.67 77.37 732.75
16 JM Anderson 205.17 106.20 97.62 161.88 82.22 76.00 729.10
17 PJ Cummins 115.44 137.60 142.69 210.75 71.11 50.25 727.83
18 AME Roberts 130.00 120.47 118.26 205.21 88.89 64.80 727.62
19 Mohammed Shami 200.00 101.50 94.77 186.67 73.33 63.30 719.57
20 JN Gillespie 128.45 118.29 108.74 194.09 77.78 89.02 716.36
21 JA Snow 62.00 139.84 135.96 237.73 86.67 43.33 705.53
22 Zaheer Khan 178.45 103.40 95.30 189.49 82.22 51.29 700.15
23 Shoaib Akhtar 72.41 125.26 120.29 240.68 77.78 63.13 699.56
24 AK Davidson 102.00 133.80 130.08 183.71 82.22 66.05 697.87
25 FH Tyson 56.00 135.37 111.12 250.00 73.33 66.54 692.37

TOP TEAMS IN ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS WI PAK IND ENG
1960s WI AUS PAK IND ENG SA
1970s PAK ENG IND WI SA AUS
1980s PAK WI ENG NZ AUS
1990s IND PAK SA AUS WI
2000s AUS SL IND PAK SA ENG
2010s IND PAK SL ENG SA AUS
2020s IND PAK AUS ENG NZ

TOP TEAMS OUTSIDE ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS ENG WI SA PAK
1960s ENG AUS WI SA NZ
1970s SA ENG WI AUS IND
1980s WI NZ AUS ENG PAK
1990s AUS SA WI PAK ENG
2000s AUS SA ENG IND NZ
2010s SA AUS ENG NZ IND
2020s AUS NZ SA ENG WI IND


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