2014 produced some interesting Test matches once again proving the longer format as the best format in Cricket. However, this has been possible due to top class stuff from bowlers who put their sides inside the context of the game by picking wickets at crucial stages.

Here, we look at the Top 5 Test Bowlers in the year of 2014:
5. Ishant Sharma:

Ishant Sharma’s success with the ball in 2014 has been the main reason for India’s improvement in bowling department in Tests outside India. He picked up 36 wickets in 7 Test matches at an average of 28.8. His best came at Lords’ where he picked up a 7-fer powering India to a Historical test win.

4. Dale Steyn:

Dale Steyn has been one of the best Test bowlers ever produced. He has continued his consistency with the ball by kitting 39 scalps in 7 matches he played at impressive average of 18.3. He had picked up 5-fers trice in the year.

3. James Anderson:

England’s premier swing bowler, James Anderson made the ball swing a lot as he managed to end as third successful bowler in 2014 with 40 wickets in 8 matches he played at an average of 22.15. Also, 25 of those wickets came against India in the 5-match test series.

2. Mitchell Johnson:

Australia’s fearsome pacer Mitchell Johnson continued his great run in Test Cricket in 2014 also. After having an incredible Ashes series in end of 2013, Johnson fired up in all the games he played in the year. Johnson managed to pick up 42 wickets in 8 matches he played at a good bowling average of 21.92.

1. Rangana Herath:

Sri Lanka playing their Test matches in Asia helped Rangana Herath to emerge as the top wicket-taker in 2014 as he utilized the rank turners to maximum extent. He managed to take 60 wickets in just 10 Test matches at an average of 27.45 with his best been 9 for 127 in an innings.

 

Here is the list of Top 5 Test Bowlers in 2014:

Player

Mat

Inns

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

BBI

BBM

Ave

Econ

SR

5

10

HMRKB Herath (SL)

10

20

610.2

148

1647

60

9/127

14/184

27.45

2.69

61.0

5

1

MG Johnson (Aus)

8

16

300.3

74

921

42

7/68

12/127

21.92

3.06

42.9

2

1

JM Anderson (Eng)

8

16

330.0

101

886

40

5/53

7/77

22.15

2.68

49.5

1

0

DW Steyn (SA)

7

14

230.5

60

715

39

6/34

9/99

18.33

3.09

35.5

3

0

I Sharma (India)

7

12

294.0

48

1039

36

7/74

9/162

28.86

3.53

49.0

3

0

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