Greatest fast bowlers from top 8 Test playing nations

Greatest fast bowlers from top 8 Test playing nations

To celebrate some of that fast-bowling brilliance, we analyse the greatest fast bowlers from each of the top Test-playing nations of the world.

Dale Steyn. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The spicy, aggressive, and intimidating flavour of fast-bowling is what makes it one of the most interesting aspects of cricket. There’s a whole bunch of challenges involved- physically, mentally, both on and off the field- for a player to truly ace this skilful art.

Likewise, not a whole lot of players can stake claims of being true fast-bowling geniuses. Yet, time and again, some highly dextrous pacers have come on to the scene, and have produced enough magic on the ground to be elevated to legendary status. Or, as better said in the modern-language: The Greatest of All Time, i.e., GOAT(s).

So to celebrate some of that fast-bowling brilliance, we analyse the greatest fast bowlers from each of the top Test-playing nations of the world.

1. Glenn McGrath – Australia

Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Test cricket’s second-highest wicket-taking fast-bowler of all time, Glenn ‘Pigeon’ McGrath, conveniently picks himself as the GOAT Australian speedster. McGrath’s cricketing journey dates way back to 1993 at Perth’s WACA Stadium. The subsequent 14-year-long career that followed saw the Pigeon establish himself as one of the World’s premier fast-bowling names, courtesy of his accuracy, discipline and line-and-length oriented fast-bowling.

Red-ball clearly happened to be McGrath’s format of choice, as evidenced by his staggering tally of 563-scalps in the format. His form against his arch-nemesis, England, was particularly destructive; across his 30-Ashes caps, McGrath accounted for as many as 157 victims. 10 of his 29 Test fifers came against England.

Over on the LoI side of things, McGrath featured in 250 ODIs for the men-in-gold, where he snared 381-wickets @ 22.02. His sublime form was a big factor behind the Australian men’s team’s domination in the ‘90s decade, and their triple-run of success in 1999, 2003, and 2007 ODI World Cups.

A beloved icon among Australian fans, McGrath currently chairs the Jane McGrath foundation- a charitable fund he set-up to honor his late first wife. More recently, though, he has been actively involved as a commentator in the ongoing India-Australia series.

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