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Stats - Red-hot Trent Boult joins Hadlee, Vettori and Southee

Stats highlights from Trent Boult's Test career, as he became the fourth New Zealander to take 300 wickets

S Rajesh
S Rajesh
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36 Bowlers who have taken 300-plus wickets in Test cricket. Trent Boult is only the fourth from New Zealand to achieve this feat, though, after Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee. The list includes six bowlers from Australia and India, five from England, South Africa, four each from West Indies and New Zealand, and three each from Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Among left-arm fast bowlers, only four have taken more than 300 wickets.
75 Tests taken by Boult to reach the landmark. Among the 36 bowlers in the 300-wicket club, 22 have got there in fewer matches. Among them is Hadlee, whose 61 Tests is the fourth-fastest. Southee needed 76 games, and Vettori 94.
25.08 Boult's bowling average in Tests since the start of 2017. In 28 Tests during this period, he has taken 128 wickets, an average of 4.6 wickets per Test. Before 2017, he took 173 wickets in 47 Tests at 29.15 runs per wicket, and 3.7 wickets per Test.
25.04 Boult's average in home Tests - he has taken 173 wickets in 37 Tests. Among New Zealand bowlers who have taken at least 100 wickets at home, Boult's average is next only to Hadlee's (22.96).
38-23 New Zealand's win-loss record in the 75 Tests played by Boult. In the 12 Tests he hasn't played since his Test debut in December 2011, New Zealand won just one, and lost six. In home games, New Zealand are 25-3 in the 37 Tests that Boult has played. Before their defeat against Bangladesh in Mount Maunganui, their two defeats had come against Australia, in Wellington and Christchurch in 2016. In home Tests without Boult, New Zealand have won only one Test and lost two, out of six.
1 New Zealand player who has featured in more home wins than Boult. Ross Taylor has been a part of 44 home wins, Boult is next with 38, while Southee and Kane Williamson are on 37 each.
261 Wickets taken by Boult in the 62 Tests he has played alongside Southee. Southee has 255 wickets at 27.01. In the 13 Tests Boult has played without Southee, he has 40 wickets at 32.92.
9 Instances of Boult dismissing Alastair Cook, the most times he has dismissed a batter in Tests. Cook averages only 16.44 against him. Among the other top-order batsmen he has dismissed most often are Cheteshwar Pujara and Joe Root. Both average under 30 against him.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats