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

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#4 Charles Marriott (England) - 11/96 vs West Indies at The Oval, 1933

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Marriott picked up 11 wickets in his one and only Test for England

Considered as the greatest one-Test wonder in the history of the game, the fact that Charles Marriott's England career was restricted to just one Test despite picking up 11 wickets on his debut against the West Indies in 1933 will always remain a mystery.

No other bowler has managed to pick up more than 7 wickets in his one and only Test match and it is truly unfortunate that a player who helped England defeat the West Indies in a little over two days by an innings and 17 runs played no further part with the national side.

Marriott picked up 5 for 37 in the first innings and 6 for 59 in the second as the hosts won the 3-match Test series 2-0 and though he was selected in away tours to both South Africa and India, he was not included in the playing eleven for England.

The fact that his England debut came at the age of 38 might be one reason he wasn't considered for national duty afterward, but as one of the best leg-spinners of his generation, there was still a case for Marriott to be given more chances, especially in an era where players carried on well into their 40s.

Published 05 Dec 2017, 01:48 IST
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