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Cricket records: Highest career strike rate in test cricket

by on February 8, 2011
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famous fast bowler of Pakistan Waqar Younis

In a test match, batsmen get a chance to make a lot of runs while protecting the wickets. Making a highest career strike rate is a dream of every batsman and they try their best to achieve this dream. But it takes a lot of effort and only some people get the chance to make it on the top places of the list. If you take a look at the highest career strike rate in test cricket, you will see that the highest is 3830 by GA Lohmann. He played for England in 1886 – 1896. He had these balls in 1205 runs. Breaking his records is not very easy. The most recent career striker was SE Bond from New Zealand with 2302 balls in 1922 runs from 2001-2009

Best career strike rate

Player Span SR
GA Lohmann 1886-1896 34.1
JJ Ferris 1887-1892 37.7
SE Bond 2001-2009 38.7
DW Steyn 2004-2011 39.9
SF Barnes 1901-1914 41.6
AEE Vogler 1906-1911 43.1
Waqar Younis 1989-2003 43.4
FR Spofforth 1877-1887 44.5
W Barnes 1880-1890 44.8
J Cowie 1937-1949 45.0
JV Saunders 1902-1908 45.1
J Brigg 1884-1899 45.1
FH Tyson 1954-1959 45.4
C Blythe 1901-1910 45.4
Shoaib Akhtar 1997-2007 45.7
JJC Lawson 2002-2005 46.3
HV Hordern 1911-1912 46.6
MD Marshall 1978-1991 46.7
AA Donald 1992-2002 47.0
W Bates 1881-1887 47.2
CB Llewellyn 1896-1912 47.7
SP Jones 2002-2005 47.8
RO Schwarz 1906-1912 47.9
DE Bollinger 2009-2010 48.0
Mohammad Asif 2005-2010 48.7
GJ Gilmour 1973-1977 49.2
CEH Croft 1977-1982 49.3
FS Trueman 1952-1965 49.4
DW Headley 1997-1999 50.4
Shabbir Ahmed 2003-2005 50.5
J Garner 1977-1987 50.8
Sir RJ Hadlee 1973-1990 50.8
MA Holding 1975-1987 50.9
T Richardson 1893-1898 51.1
CTB Turner 1887-1895 51.2
GA Faulkner 1906-1924 51.5
SL Malinga 2004-2010 51.5
D Gough 1994-2003 51.6

An interesting point to note is that with the growth of cricket in recent decades, strike rate has gained much more importance. If one looks at the scoring rate which was a norm a few decades back, the game of cricket today appears to be really fast. With the modernization of cricket into first ODI and then T20 format, the pace of this game overall has changed. Now strike rate also matters a lot. Even in Test matches, scoring 300 runs and more in a day is a norm. Higher strike rate has made the game a bigger challenge for the bowlers mainly.

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