Cricket: Top Test Match Bowlers Ever

Which players have had the best Test Match bowling statistics?
Top average qualification: 100 wickets after 1900 (low averages were achieved on poor wickets in the 19th century)
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Last updated: January 25, 2017
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Most Wickets
800
SL
Muttiah Muralitharan
708
AUS
Shane Warne
619
IND
Anil Kumble
563
AUS
Glenn McGrath
519
WI
Courtney Walsh
467
ENG
James Anderson
434
IND
Kapil Dev
431
NZ
Richard Hadlee
421
SA
Shaun Pollock
417
SA
Dale Steyn
417
IND
Harbhajan Singh
Lowest Average
16.43
ENG
Sydney Barnes
18.63
ENG
Colin Blythe
20.39
ENG
Johnny Wardle
20.53
AUS
Alan Davidson
20.94
WI
Malcolm Marshall
20.97
WI
Joel Garner
20.99
WI
Curtly Ambrose
21.10
SA
Neil Adcock
21.24
ENG
Jim Laker
21.54
SA
Vernon Philander
21.57
ENG
Freddie Trueman
Best Innings Bowling
10-53
ENG
Jim Laker
10-74
IND
Anil Kumble
9-28
ENG
George Lohmann
9-37
ENG
Jim Laker
9-51
SL
Muttiah Muralitharan
9-52
NZ
Richard Hadlee
9-56
PAK
Abdul Qadir
9-57
E
Devon Malcolm
9-65
SL
Muttiah Muralitharan
9-69
IND
Jasubhai Patel
9-83
IND
Kapil Dev
3 Comments
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Level 64
Jan 25, 2017
Good (tough) quiz. Just two comments: the country hint for the famous 9-57 is wrong. And I think I wrote the name of the bowler with a 20.97 average, but it wasn't recognised.
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Level 76
Jan 25, 2017
Both now fixed, sorry. Mr 20.97 previously only worked if you entered the whole name!
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Level 76
Jan 25, 2017
These pre-1900 bowlers would also have qualified if we'd included 19th century stats: George Lohmann (10.75!); Charlie Turner, Bobby Peel, and Johnny Briggs. The scary Fred Spofforth, with 94 wickets, would have just missed the cut.