Top 25 Spin 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.


1M MuralitharanSL199220102301818080022.73
2R AshwinIND201120221621066644224.13
3RA JadejaIND20122022112591524224.44
4SK WarneAUS199220072731799570825.42
5GAR LockENG1952196888445117425.58
6DL UnderwoodENG19661982151767429725.84
7R BenaudAUS19521964116670424827.03
8HMRKB HerathSL199920181701215743328.08
9Saeed AjmalPAK2009201467500317828.11
10Iqbal QasimPAK1976198886480717128.11
11BS BediIND19661979118763726628.71
12S RamadhinWI1950196076457915828.98
13SCG MacGillAUS1998200885603820829.03
14LR GibbsWI19581976148898930929.09
15SP GupteIND1951196161440314929.55
16A KumbleIND199020082361835561929.65
17BS ChandrasekharIND1964197997719924229.75
18Saqlain MushtaqPAK1995200486620620829.84
19AA MallettAUS1968198071394013229.85
20GP SwannENG20082013109764225529.97
21PP OjhaIND2009201348342011330.27
22AL ValentineWI1950196263421513930.32
23EAS PrasannaIND1962197886574218930.38
24KA MaharajSA2016202276460115030.67
25DR DoshiIND1979198355350211430.72
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.


1M MuralitharanSL199220102301818080022.7323.12
2SK WarneAUS199220072731799570825.4223.56
3DL UnderwoodENG19661982151767429725.8424.85
4R AshwinIND201120221621066644224.1325.04
5RA JadejaIND20122022112591524224.4425.44
6GP SwannENG20082013109764225529.9725.48
7KA MaharajSA2016202276460115030.6726.32
8GAR LockENG1952196888445117425.5826.65
9HMRKB HerathSL199920181701215743328.0827.26
10Saeed AjmalPAK2009201467500317828.1127.41
11SCG MacGillAUS1998200885603820829.0327.49
12Iqbal QasimPAK1976198886480717128.1127.58
13B YardleyAUS1978198358398612631.6327.81
14NM LyonAUS201120222041373242732.1628.00
15R BenaudAUS19521964116670424827.0328.43
16AA MallettAUS1968198071394013229.8528.61
17LR GibbsWI19581976148898930929.0928.84
18A KumbleIND199020082361835561929.6529.28
19DR DoshiIND1979198355350211430.7229.55
20BS BediIND19661979118763726628.7129.65
21JG BracewellNZ1980199067365310235.8129.73
22Saqlain MushtaqPAK1995200486620620829.8429.90
23PR AdamsSA1995200476440513432.8729.94
24PH EdmondsENG1975198784427312534.1830.16
25DA AllenENG1960196665377912230.9830.22

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