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5 bowlers who took the most wickets in their respective last Tests

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Blythe holds the record for the highest number of first-class wickets in a single day's play

Test cricket is the purest format of the game and the one in which all players aspire to achieve the highest level of success.

Unlike the T20 and ODI format, it is the bowlers who win you matches in the Test format as unless a team picks up 20 wickets in a match, there is no way that the result will go their way no matter how much domination they showed with the bat.

Also Read: 5 batsmen who scored the most runs in their respective last Tests

The longest format of the game has seen many champion bowlers grace the sport with their legendary careers but there are many who tailored away in the latter part of their career, while there are some who bowed out on a high despite having a not so memorable career.

Let's have a look at the 5 bowlers who took the most number of wickets in their final Test match. As you will see, it is a list which is dominated by quite a few unfamiliar names.

#5 Colin Blythe (England) - 10/104 vs South Africa at Cape Town, 1910

Considered as one of the finest bowlers of his era, starting from the beginning of the 20th century up until the First World War - often referred to as the Golden Age of Cricket - Colin Blythe enjoyed remarkable success for both England and Kent.

An orthodox slow left-arm bowler who was highly deceptive through the air, Blythe picked up more than 2000 first-class wickets and holds the world record for the highest number of first-class wickets (17) taken in a single day's play.

Though his England career was restricted to just 19 Tests, Blythe managed to pick up 100 wickets with 4 ten-wicket hauls, including one in his final Test against South Africa at Capetown in March 1910.

The hosts had already sealed the 5-match Test series by winning three of the first four matches but England left a good impression of themselves before signing off winning the final match of the series by 9 wickets, with Blythe emerging as the match-winner.


After England had piled on 417 in the first innings, Blythe literally bowled South Africa out of the match picking up 7 wickets in just 18 overs as the hosts were bowled out for just 103.

England skipper Frederick Fane unsurprisingly opted to follow on and Blythe picked up three more wickets in the South Africa's second innings to finish with match figures of 10/104.

England scored the 16 runs needed for victory losing a sole wicket and despite his heroics, the Capetown Test proved to be Blythe's final one for England.

He played on for Kent till 1914 but had an untimely death three years later as he was killed while on war duty during the First World War.

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