Top 25 Test Fast Bowlers With Best Strike Rates

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 Strike Rates

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

TOP 25 Pacers WITH BEST STRIKE RATES IN TEST CRICKET


RANKBOWLERNATFPLPINNSRUNSWKTSSR
1K RabadaSA2015202295544624340.77
2DW SteynSA200420191711007743942.39
3Waqar YounisPAK19892003154878837343.50
4Shoaib AkhtarPAK1997200782457417845.75
5PJ CumminsAUS2011202279419119746.47
6MD MarshallWI19781991151787637646.77
7AA DonaldSA19922002129734433047.03
8Mohammad AsifPAK2005201044258310648.77
9JJ BumrahIND2018202256267312349.20
10CEH CroftWI1977198252291312549.32
11FS TruemanENG19521965127662530749.44
12Mohammed ShamiIND20132022112578921449.56
13MA StarcAUS20112022133778628250.01
14RJ HarrisAUS2010201552265811350.76
15VD PhilanderSA20112020119500022450.85
16RJ HadleeNZ19731990150961243150.85
17J GarnerWI19771987111543325950.87
18MA HoldingWI19751987113589824950.92
19MG JohnsonAUS20072015140889131351.12
20ST FinnENG2010201666380012551.30
21D GoughENG1994200395650322951.62
22SL MalingaSL2004201059334910151.63
23GD McGrathAUS199320072431218656351.95
24DK LilleeAUS19711984132849335552.02
25UT YadavIND20112022102486715852.12
C SR

The Comparative Strike Rate (C SR) for bowlers is calculated by taken into account two factors:-

  • First is the SR of batsmen in the decades the bowler played.
  • Second is the SR of the opposition batsmen at Home, in Asia or outside Asia; whichever is applicable.
  • The SR of the opposing team’s batsmen is also calculated by decades.
  • Higher C SR 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 SR means the opposite.
R SR

The Relative Strike Rate (R SR) is calculated using the C SR. Its formula is (Bowler SR/C SR)*A Constant Factor. This constant doesn’t affect the rating as it is the same for everone. If your C SR is comparatively high, your R SR 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.
  • 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.

TOP 25 Pacers WITH BEST R SR IN TEST CRICKET


RANKBOWLERNATFPLPINNSRUNSWKTSSRR SR
1Waqar YounisPAK19892003154878837343.5044.47
2K RabadaSA2015202295544624340.7744.74
3Shoaib AkhtarPAK1997200782457417845.7544.84
4FS TruemanENG19521965127662530749.4445.11
5DW SteynSA200420191711007743942.3945.14
6Mohammad AsifPAK2005201044258310648.7747.29
7WW HallWI1958196992506619254.2847.46
8AA DonaldSA19922002129734433047.0347.51
9MD MarshallWI19781991151787637646.7747.92
10CEH CroftWI1977198252291312549.3249.34
11Mohammed ShamiIND20132022112578921449.5649.78
12PM PollockSA1961197052280611656.2249.91
13JJ BumrahIND2018202256267312349.2050.40
14UT YadavIND20112022102486715852.1250.86
15RJ HadleeNZ19731990150961243150.8550.98
16D GoughENG1994200395650322951.6251.12
17JR ThomsonAUS1972198590560220052.6851.22
18PJ CumminsAUS2011202279419119746.4751.24
19DK LilleeAUS19711984132849335552.0251.33
20MA HoldingWI19751987113589824950.9251.42
21SL MalingaSL2004201059334910151.6351.60
22BR TaylorNZ1965197353295311157.0651.77
23RGD WillisENG19711984165819032553.4151.80
24J GarnerWI19771987111543325950.8751.82
25IR BishopWI1989199876390916152.2552.73

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