gives a comprehensive history of all those who have bowled in the Chinaman style (left-hand wrist-spinner) at some point in their Test careers. I am going a little further in studying the performances of those who exclusively bowled in this style (even if they were not regular bowlers). A number of famous names including the alleged inventor Ellis Achong, Johnny Wardle, Gary Sobers and Bernard Julien bowled in various other styles.
So here are the “exclusively Chinaman” bowlers and their careers in brief. This is in chronological order:
Even the change bowlers have taken fivers and tenners.
The best innings bowling in this category is 7-75 by Lindsay Kline:
The best match bowling is 10-106 by Paul Adams:
There is also Michael Bevan’s tenner along with 85*, which makes him among the relatively few to score a fifty and take 10-wickets in a match:
A few years before that Allan Border also scored 75 and took 11 wickets with his little-used left-arm spin against the West Indies:
The full list of those who scored 50 and took 10 wickets in a match:
Sir Richard Hadlee is the only one to do this more than once, while “Sir” Ravindra Jadeja also makes an appearance.
It is interesting to see that these occasional bowlers achieved a ten-wicket haul which well-known bowlers such as Willis, Brett Lee, Kallis, Thomson and Sobers were not able to manage during their long careers:
Over 200 wickets with no 10-for:
Coming back to the Chinamen bowlers, here are the best innings and match bowling figures on debut:
The trio of PADLR Sandakan, LO Fleetwood Smith and Kuldeep Yadav have the best performances in innings as well as match bowling. Here is Sandakan’s debut:
We now look forward to competition between Sandakan and Yadav for being the best current Chinamen bowlers.
Footnote: Michael Bevan, who seems to have had some Indian ancestry, was soon dropped from the Test team as his batting was not good enough. He then became one of the mainstays of Australia’s ODI middle-order.