Top 5 Pacers of All Time in Team England [Test]

In the 145-year history of Test cricket, which began when England and Australia played their first match in 1877, they have produced numerous outstanding bowlers, not the least of them is the top wicket-taker James Anderson.

However, once the ranking system was implemented in 2003, it wasn’t until 2011 that England, the game’s creators, achieved the top spot in the ICC Test rankings. Compared to bowlers who depend mostly on spin, pacers in England obtain more swing and seam due to the country’s particular conditions.

James Anderson

James Anderson is one of the all-time great pacers and unquestionably the best bowler in England. With 640 Test wickets under his belt and 169 matches for England, Anderson is the top wicket-taker among fast bowlers and has been bowling at his best for the past two years. This year’s English summer will probably mark the 39-year-old’s career’s conclusion. With 31 Test five-wicket hauls, Anderson is the second-most seamer behind Sir Richard Hadlee.

Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad, who has taken 537 wickets in 152 Tests, is England’s second-highest wicket-taker. During the 2015 Ashes series in Nottingham, he bowled Australia out in one session with a career-best 8/15. Though Anderson and Broad were just cut for the West Indies tour, the 35-year-old still has some gas left in the tank.

Ian Botham

Arguably the best all-rounder in England, Ian Botham is best remembered for his individual exploits during the 1981 Ashes series, in which he rallied England from a 1-0 deficit after two games to win the series 3-1 with 399 runs and 34 wickets. With 383 wickets at 28, Botham finished with the third-highest total of Test wickets of any England bowler.

Bob Willis

Bob Willis used to start his bowling introduction with the phrase “right-arm fast.” Even though he had surgery on both knees when he was 26, Willis still threw thunderbolts at the hitters. Between 1971 and 1984, he amassed an incredible 325 wickets at an average of 25 per Test match, setting a record for England. Sadly, Bob Willis, 70, passed away in 2019.

Fred Trueman

In addition to being the first fast bowler from any nation to take 300 Test wickets, Fred Trueman made his Test debut in 1952. He accomplished this feat at The Oval in 1964. His impressive bowling average of 21.57 is still the third-best among all bowlers who have taken over 300 wickets in Test matches, even though numerous pacers have surpassed his total. He retired with 307 wickets.