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Ashes stats: Who are the top five players with the most wickets in Ashes history?

Ashes is considered one of the premier tournaments worldwide, holds a status similar to the football rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid, known as El Classico. In this iconic event, every player aspires to excel for their country, regardless of the circumstances. Australia and England have had some fierce battles over the years and some players have performed exceedingly well.

Historically, fast bowlers have found it more favourable to perform due to the fast bowling-friendly wickets in England and Australia. However, it may surprise you to learn that a spinner holds the record for taking the highest number of wickets in the history of the Ashes. In this article, we will list out the players who have taken the most wickets in Ashes history.

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List of players with most wickets in Ashes

1. Shane Warne – 195 wickets

Shane Warne, widely regarded as the greatest leg spinner in the history of cricket, holds the record for the most wickets in Ashes history with an impressive tally of 195 wickets in 36 matches. Spanning from 1993 to 2007, Shane Warne took part in 7 series and was the main reason behind Australia’s success. Warne maintained an average of 23.25 in the Ashes, claiming 11 five-wicket hauls and 4 ten-wicket hauls.

2. Glenn McGrath – 157 wickets

Glenn McGrath considered the greatest fast bowler of all time, secures the second position on the list of most wickets in Ashes history. The right-handed pace bowler took 157 wickets in 30 matches at an impressive strike rate of 46.3. McGrath’s standout performance came in 1997 at Lord’s, where he returned with figures of 8 for 38 against the host England.

3. Hugh Trumble – 141 wickets

Hugh Trumble, a former Australian off-spinner, holds the third position in terms of the most wickets in Ashes history. During his 14-year career from 1890 to 1904, Trumble played 31 Ashes matches and claimed 141 wickets at a respectable average of 20.88.

4. Stuart Broad – 131 wickets

Stuart Broad is a vital component of England’s success in both home and away conditions. Broad occupies the fourth spot on the list of most wickets in Ashes history. Since 2009, the towering fast bowler has played 35 matches and captured 131 wickets at an exceptional average of 29.05. Broad’s most memorable display of swing bowling came in the fourth test of the 2015 Ashes, where he wreaked havoc by taking 8 wickets for 15 runs.

5. Ian Botham – 128 wickets

Former English all-rounder, Ian Botham takes the 5th spot on the list of most wickets taken in Ashes. Botham took 128 wickets in 24 Ashes games. His best came in the 1981 Ashes at Leeds, returned with 6/95.

Most Test wickets by a player in England vs Australia matches

PlayerMatchesWickets5 wicket haul
Shane Warner3619511
Glenn McGrath3015710
Hugh Trumble311419
Stuart Broad351318
Ian Botham321287

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