What makes a great test bowler? Is it the number of wickets? The average, the strike rate or how quickly does a bowler reach a particular landmark? One such metric is by looking at who was the fastest to 300 test wickets.
Why 300 test wickets? Because generally by the time a bowler reaches the mark of 300 test wickets, he has already established himself and his numbers also help in predicting with how many wickets the bowler will end up with at the end of his career.
EssentiallySports looks at the top 5 bowlers who were fastest 300 test wickets.
1. Dennis Lillee : 56 matches
Dennis Lillee led Australia’s attack for more than a decade. A complete fast bowler, he was a showman during his time and often got the crowd going. Lillee broke Lance Gibbs’ world record of 309 Test wickets and finished with 355 dismissals in just 70 matches at an average and strike rate of 23.92 and 52.0. He has a status as one of the all-time greats.
Lillee was named in Australia’s Test Team of the Century and was also inducted in the Hall of Fame. He is now a reputed international fast bowling coach.