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5 best bowling pairs of all time in Test cricket

Pravir Rai
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
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#4. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis

Akram and Younis
Akram and Younis

Wasim Akram was one of the best fast bowlers of his time. His round-arm action and reverse-swing gave sleepless nights to the leading batsmen of his era. Akram was equally deceptive with slower-deliveries. He made his debut in 1985 and was the backbone of Pakistani bowling attack. In 104 Test matches, he took 414 wickets at an average of 23.62.

Waqar Younis was the ideal bowling partner for Akram. He was fast, aggressive, and was famous for toe-crushing yorkers. In his prime, he was the one of the fastest ever. He took 373 wickets in 88 Test matches at an average of 23.56.

Akram and Younis took 555 wickets in 107 Test innings together. They won matches for Pakistan several times with their seam, swing and scathing pace.

#3. Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh

Ambrose and Walsh
Ambrose and Walsh

Curtly Ambrose was a giant in the game of cricket - both in terms of personality and performances. He was menacing and fast; had the ability to generate bounce on any surface. Ambrose made his debut in 1988 and took 405 wickets at an average of 20.99 in 98 Test matches.

Courtney Walsh was a workhorse who bowled for hours and hours. He was economical and had the ability to swing the ball on either side of the wicket. Walsh took 519 wickets at an average of 24.44 in 132 Test matches.

Walsh and Ambrose took 757 wickets in partnership. Both of them dismissed Mike Atherton 17 times in Tests.

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