10. Tim Southee

If Allan Donald thinks that Tim Southee has the potential to be one of the best swing bowlers in the world, that seems to be testimony enough for him to be on this list. Tim Southee, the lanky New Zealand fast bowler has become the spearhead of the Kiwi attack at the young age of 26. In his debut age at the age of 19 against England at Napier, Southee destroyed the English batting order with figures of 5/55. Later his performance of 7 for 64 against India in Bangalore in 2012 (also the best figures by a New Zealand bowler in India) proved that he wasn’t just a bowler who thrived in seamer friendly conditions only. With an action that is naturally generates outswing combined with the brisk pace makes him an attacking new ball bowler particularly in Tests. His performance of 18 wickets at an average of 17.33 in the 2011 World Cup illustrates that he has the ability to perform in the shorter formats as well with his death bowling being exceptional. If he manages to keep injuries at bay, there is little doubt that Tim Southee could end up as one of the most successful swing bowlers in the world.

Tim Southee has 204 wickets in 57 tests at an average of 31.55 and strike rate of 61.8, and 160 wickets from 119 ODIs at an average of 33.22 and a strike rate of roughly 37.

Have a look at his 7 wicket spell against England in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.



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