Top 25 Fast Bowlers With Best Averages In Tests

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.

*Note: All Test Ratings are updated till 2022-06-21

Best Averages

The first list simply gives you the bowlers with best averages in Test Cricket since 1950. The second list gives you the bowlers with best Relative Averages (R Ave). How it is calculated is explained in the highlighted sections. Only bowlers with more than 100 wickets are considered for both lists.


1AK DavidsonAUS1953196382381918620.53
2MD MarshallWI19781991151787637620.95
3J GarnerWI19771987111543325920.98
4CEL AmbroseWI19882000179850140520.99
5NAT AdcockSA1953196246219510421.11
6PJ CumminsAUS2011202279419119721.27
7FS TruemanENG19521965127662530721.58
8GD McGrathAUS199320072431218656321.64
9JJ BumrahIND2018202256267312321.73
10AA DonaldSA19922002129734433022.25
11RJ HadleeNZ19731990150961243122.30
12VD PhilanderSA20112020119500022422.32
13K RabadaSA2015202295544624322.41
14Imran KhanPAK19711991142825836222.81
15DW SteynSA200420191711007743922.95
16SM PollockSA19952008202973342123.12
17CEH CroftWI1977198252291312523.30
18RJ HarrisAUS2010201552265811323.52
19Waqar YounisPAK19892003154878837323.56
20Wasim AkramPAK19852002181977841423.62
21MA HoldingWI19751987113589824923.69
22DK LilleeAUS19711984132849335523.92
23PM PollockSA1961197052280611624.19
24IR BishopWI1989199876390916124.28
25Mohammad AsifPAK2005201044258310624.37
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.


1JJ BumrahIND2018202256267312321.7320.98
2Mohammad AsifPAK2005201044258310624.3721.29
3GD McGrathAUS199320072431218656321.6421.47
4CEL AmbroseWI19882000179850140520.9921.87
5MD MarshallWI19781991151787637620.9522.29
6PJ CumminsAUS2011202279419119721.2722.32
7AK DavidsonAUS1953196382381918620.5322.36
8SM PollockSA19952008202973342123.1222.54
9J GarnerWI19771987111543325920.9822.66
10DW SteynSA200420191711007743922.9522.79
11VD PhilanderSA20112020119500022422.3222.81
12AA DonaldSA19922002129734433022.2522.84
13K RabadaSA2015202295544624322.4123.23
14FS TruemanENG19521965127662530721.5823.49
15Imran KhanPAK19711991142825836222.8123.52
16RJ HadleeNZ19731990150961243122.3023.59
17NAT AdcockSA1953196246219510421.1123.75
18Waqar YounisPAK19892003154878837323.5623.90
19RJ HarrisAUS2010201552265811323.5223.91
20Shoaib AkhtarPAK1997200782457417825.7023.98
21Wasim AkramPAK19852002181977841423.6224.49
22CEH CroftWI1977198252291312523.3024.70
23CA WalshWI198420012421268851924.4524.85
24PM PollockSA1961197052280611624.1925.00
25JN GillespieAUS19962006137677025926.1425.07

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