Top Wicket-Takers in Ashes History

In our previous blog, we covered the top-performing batsmen in the Ashes Series. Now, let’s look at the cricketers who lead the wicket charts in this historic rivalry.

Hugh Trumble (AUS)

Matches:  31

Wickets:  141

Best Figures:  8/65

Average:  20.88

5WI / 10WI:  9/3

Trumble was an excellent offspinner who was particularly effective on wet wickets. He played 31 ashes tests for the Aussies and notched 141 scalps between 1890 and 1904. The tall spinner was unplayable in wet conditions in his native Australia, as he bowled with close to medium pace getting the ball to turn and lift viciously.

Glenn McGrath (AUS)

Matches:  30

Wickets:  157

Best Figures:  8/38

Average:  20.92

5WI / 10WI:  10/0

Australia’s greatest fast bowler quite enjoyed a stellar career, picking up 563 wickets in the longest format. Glenn McGrath played 30 Ashes tests spanning 13 years. Pigeon ranks among the best bowlers in the world, with only James Anderson having claimed more wickets in tests. He retired from Red-Ball cricket at Sydney Cricket Ground – his home ground in the 2006-07 Ashes after whitewashing England 5-0. In the same year, he has adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the 2007 World Cup, which turned out to be his final stint in international cricket.

Shane Warne (AUS)

Matches:  36

Wickets:  195

Best Figures:  8/71

Average:  23.25

5WI / 10WI:  11/4

Shane Warne is the leading wicket-taker in the Ashes history. The legspinner’s ball that bamboozled Mike Gatting in 1993, bouncing outside leg stump and nicking the off, is unanimously dubbed the ball of the century. Throughout the years, Warne has terrorized batsmen all over the globe through his dexterity with the ball. In the 2005 Ashes series, the 600-wicket mark, adding himself in the history books. Wickets in the Ashes wants to never go broken.

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