The first thing any batsman, be it his first or 100th match, looks to do after coming in to bat is get off the mark. No player wants a duck against his name. Ducks is a number a batsman wants to keep down in his career. In Test cricket, another thing you have in mind is avoiding a pair.
Here are five players who sit on top of that unwanted record of most number of ducks in Test cricket-
Walsh might be more famous for getting batsman out for ducks, but he is also the player with the most number of ducks with bat in hand. 43 out of his 185 innings in 132 Test matches have ended in a duck, which is seven more than the Chris Martin- who is next to Walsh in the most number of ducks in Test cricket.
Chris Martin played 13 test matches between 2000 and 2013, in which he recorded 36 ducks. Another fast bowler among the players to have registered a good number of ducks.
Another player famous for dismissing batsmen has been dismissed for a duck on third most number of times. McGrath has 34 ducks to his name after playing 138 innings in 124 test matches.
Shane Warne, like McGrath, has had moments where he ran through opponent’s batsmen, but has a quite a few ducks while batting- one less than his teammate. He was however, a better batsman than McGrath in terms of runs scored and average.
The only bowler to have taken more wickets than Shane Warne in Test match cricket has been out for a duck on one occasion lesser than Warne. Muralitharan, who has played at No, 11 for Sri Lanka has 33 ducks in 164 innings after his 133 match career. He might soon go down in the list with Stuart Broad, who is still playing cricket, catching up in terms of the no. of ducks.