We now look at bowling records.
Most wickets (35 and above):
Unlike in batting, here the names at the top are from recent times. JM Anderson leads the England tally with 84 wickets, just overtaking the century-old record of 83 by SF Barnes. Morkel is next with 79 while Broad, Rabada and Moeen Ali are also here.
Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 8wi):
Most are from the olden days, except for DE Malcolm’s 9-wicket haul in 1994. Note the dominance of Lohmann and Barnes.
Best match bowling (includes all instances of 10wm):
From this series we only have Ali’s 10-112 at Lord’s. However, Rabada has the best figures for South Africa. Barnes appears here several times.
Bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls, below 35.00):
Barnes inevitably at the top, with Morkel, Broad and Anderson further down. Others such as Rabada and Ali have not bowled enough.
The best economy is by H Verity (1.45), followed by Goddard (1.67) and Laker (1.68)
The best strike rate is by Barnes (25.5) followed by Blythe (41.7) and Vogler (42.2)
Most dismissals (20 and above):
MV Boucher has by far the most dismissals (103) with TG Evans at 53. Evans however has more stumpings. The most catches by a non-keeper is 43 by Mitchell. Current players here include de Villiers, Bairstow, de Kock and Cook.
Most dismissals in an innings (5 and above):
Only Bairstow from recent times.
Most dismissals in a match (7 and above):
de Kock made 7 dismissals in the current series. Bairstow made 9 in the previous series.
Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.700 and above):
Boucher has by far the best dismissal rate, while GC Smith has the best among non-keepers. de Villiers, who has played both as a keeper and non-keeper, also ranks fairly high. Bairstow has not completed 20 innings yet.
Overall (note the criteria):
Surprisingly Hammond, a batsman who bowled a little, tops this list ahead of more established all-rounders such as Kallis and Pollock. Broad just makes the cut.
Match performance (Fifty and 5wi):
Two such performances by Moeen Ali in this series. Hammond did this on his debut.
Ali achieved the somewhat uncommon feat of a fifty and 10 wickets in the same Test-and that too at Lord’s. This has been achieved only 27 times in all Tests. The only one to do this at Lord’s until now was New Zealand’s DJ Nash in 1994.