Test is the most prestigious format of the game; it is also the hardest format of the game. Being a pacer is never an easy job and when it comes to tests, fast bowling is the most challenging skill. In this article, we will tell you the top 5 pacers with best bowling average in tests with a minimum of 150 test wickets.
#5 Joel Garner
Former West Indies right-arm fast bowler, Joel Garner was one of the most lethal fast bowlers of his era. He took 259 wickets in his test career. Garner’s average in tests was 20.97 which is fifth best test bowling average on our list.
#4 Malcolm Marshall
Again a former West Indies legend, the dangerous Malcolm Marshall is at No.4 on our list. He was one of the fastest bowlers of his time. He took 376 test wickets in his career with an average of 20.94.
#3 Alan Davidson
Former Australian legend, late Alan Davidson is No.3 on our list. He used to play for Australia a long time back. He was a left-arm fast bowler. His average in tests was 20.53. He took 186 wickets in tests in his career.
#2 Jasprit Bumrah
After taking 6 wickets against England in the Vishakhapatnam test, Jasprit Bumrah became the fastest Indian pacer to reach 150 test wickets. Bumrah is a generational talent and players like him are very rare. His records speak for him. He has taken 152 test wickets so far and his average in test cricket is 20.28 which is second best bowling average in tests.
#1 Sydney Barnes
Let the name should not distract you from his nationality as Sydney Barnes was an English cricketer. He took 189 test wickets in his career. He was a right-arm fast bowler who is at No.1 on our list as his average is best among all. His average in tests was 16.43.