Number Crunching
2 Brett Lee (310) and Bob Willis (325) are the only bowlers to have taken more than 300 career Test wickets each, without taking 10 wickets in a match even once. Among current players, Morne Morkel, with 204 wickets, has taken the most wickets without ever taking 10 in match. Among bowlers with 400+ Test wickets, Shaun Pollock (421) has the fewest ten-wicket hauls, one.

Bell runs India ragged in field with 167

Bell runs India ragged in field with 167

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WG Grace, Fred Grace and Edward Grace, all brothers, made their debuts in the same Test match, versus Australia at The Oval, in 1880. Another set of brothers, Alec Hearne, George Hearne and Jack Hearne, also made their debuts for England in the same Test, versus South Africa at Newlands in 1892.

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Records

Most consecutive five-wickets-in-an-innings - Test matches
Player 5wi Bowl Inns Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
CTB Turner 6 5/44 1 Australia v England Sydney 10 Feb 1888 Test # 27
7/43 3 Australia v England Sydney 10 Feb 1888 Test # 27
5/27 2 Australia v England Lord's 16 Jul 1888 Test # 28
5/36 4 Australia v England Lord's 16 Jul 1888 Test # 28
6/112 2 Australia v England The Oval 13 Aug 1888 Test # 29
5/86 1 Australia v England Manchester 30 Aug 1888 Test # 30
T Richardson 5 6/104 3 England v Australia Melbourne 1 Mar 1895 Test # 46
6/39 1 England v Australia Lord's 22 Jun 1896 Test # 50
5/134 3 England v Australia Lord's 22 Jun 1896 Test # 50
7/168 1 England v Australia Manchester 16 Jul 1896 Test # 51
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A hundred and five wickets in an innings - Test matches
Player Bat Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
JH Sinclair 106 6/26 South Africa v England Cape Town 1 Apr 1899 Test # 59
GA Faulkner 123 5/120 South Africa v England Johannesburg 1 Jan 1910 Test # 106
C Kelleway 114 5/33 Australia v South Africa Manchester 27 May 1912 Test # 121
JM Gregory 100 7/69 Australia v England Melbourne 31 Dec 1920 Test # 136
MH Mankad 184 5/196 India v England Lord's 19 Jun 1952 Test # 352
DS Atkinson 219 5/56 West Indies v Australia Bridgetown 14 May 1955 Test # 406
KR Miller 109 6/107 Australia v West Indies Kingston 11 Jun 1955 Test # 408
R Benaud 100 5/84 Australia v South Africa Johannesburg 7 Feb 1958 Test # 449
OG Smith 100 5/90 West Indies v India Delhi 6 Feb 1959 Test # 467
PR Umrigar 172* 5/107 India v West Indies Port of Spain 4 Apr 1962 Test # 528
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Representing two countries - Test matches
Player Team Span Mat Runs HS Ave 100 Wkts BBI Ave 5 Ct St
WE Midwinter Australia 1877-1887 8 174 37 13.38 0 14 5/78 23.78 1 5 0
England 1881-1882 4 95 36 13.57 0 10 4/81 27.20 0 5 0
WL Murdoch Australia 1877-1890 18 896 211 32.00 2 - - - - 14 0
England 1892-1892 1 12 12 12.00 0 - - - - 0 1
JJ Ferris Australia 1887-1890 8 98 20* 8.16 0 48 5/26 14.25 4 4 0
England 1892-1892 1 16 16 16.00 0 13 7/37 7.00 2 0 0
SMJ Woods Australia 1888-1888 3 32 18 5.33 0 5 2/35 24.20 0 1 0
England 1896-1896 3 122 53 30.50 0 5 3/28 25.80 0 4 0
F Hearne England 1889-1889 2 47 27 23.50 0 - - - - 1 0
South Africa 1892-1896 4 121 30 15.12 0 2 2/40 20.00 0 2 0
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Victory losing fewest wickets - Test matches
Winner Wkts Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
England 2 inns & 18 runs v South Africa Lord's 28 Jun 1924 Test # 154
England 2 inns & 71 runs v New Zealand Leeds 3 Jul 1958 Test # 456
England 2 inns & 78 runs v India Birmingham 4 Jul 1974 Test # 741
South Africa 2 inns & 60 runs v Bangladesh Chittagong 24 Apr 2003 Test # 1640
South Africa 2 inns & 12 runs v England The Oval 19 Jul 2012 Test # 2049
India 3 inns & 109 runs v New Zealand Chennai 6 Jan 1956 Test # 420
West Indies 3 inns & 174 runs v Pakistan Kingston 26 Feb 1958 Test # 450
Pakistan 3 inns & 119 runs v India Hyderabad (Sind) 14 Jan 1983 Test # 946
Pakistan 3 inns & 264 runs v Bangladesh Multan 29 Aug 2001 Test # 1560
Sri Lanka 3 inns & 254 runs v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 14 May 2004 Test # 1699
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Most consecutive matches without defeat - Test matches
Team Mat Result Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
West Indies 27 drawn - v Australia Sydney 2 Jan 1982 Test # 917
won 5 wickets v Australia Adelaide 30 Jan 1982 Test # 919
won 4 wickets v India Kingston 23 Feb 1983 Test # 949
drawn - v India Port of Spain 11 Mar 1983 Test # 952
drawn - v India Georgetown 31 Mar 1983 Test # 953
won 10 wickets v India Bridgetown 15 Apr 1983 Test # 954
drawn - v India St John's 28 Apr 1983 Test # 956
won inns & 83 runs v India Kanpur 21 Oct 1983 Test # 964
drawn - v India Delhi 29 Oct 1983 Test # 965
won 138 runs v India Ahmedabad 12 Nov 1983 Test # 967
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