‘Bowling strike rate’ in cricket is nothing but an average number of balls bowled per wicket taken by a bowler. So, the lower the strike rate, the more productive a bowler is at taking wickets rapidly. While the bowlers are effective at taking wickets quickly in home conditions, the same isn’t expected when it comes to overseas Tests.
Performing in foreign conditions is quite a challenge because it is not that easy for the bowlers to quickly get accustomed to the pitches. Despite all that, some bowlers have defied the odds and attained desirable results when it really mattered the most.
Now, in this listicle, let’s go through the names of five bowlers with the best bowling strike rate in away Tests.
1. Dale Steyn
Former South African paceman Dale Steyn comes first on the list as he has the best bowling strike rate of 45.5 in away Test matches. Dale Steyn has been the most successful bowler for South Africa in Test cricket. He is the leading wicket-taker for South Africa with 439 wickets in 93 Tests.
2. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. The former Pakistani fast bowler has the second-best bowling strike rate of 47.1 in away Tests. Having played 87 Tests for Pakistan, the bowling great has taken as many as 373 wickets to his credit.
3. Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath has been the most successful fast bowler for Australia and is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest pacers of all time. The Australian pace bowling great has the third-best bowling strike rate of 48.9 in away Tests. He has taken a total of 563 wickets in Tests.
4. Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee is widely considered one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history and amongst the very finest pacers as well. The former New Zealand cricketer has a bowling strike rate of 48.9 in away Tests. Overall, he has taken 431 wickets in 86 Tests.
5. Allan Donald
Allan Donald has been one of the most successful pacers in the history of South African cricket. The Proteas bowling great has a bowling strike rate of 49.3. Having played a total of 72 Tests for the rainbow nation, Allan Donald has taken 330 wickets.