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Vernon Philander fastest South African to take 100 Test wickets

Vernon Philander is the fastest South African bowler to take 100 Test wickets © AFP (File Photo)
Vernon Philander is the fastest South African bowler to take 100 Test wickets © AFP (File Photo)

Dec 20, 2013

Vernon Philander has taken 100 wickets in Test cricket. The South African seamer dismissed Shikhar Dhawan on Day Three of the first Test against India in Johannesburg to get to the milestone. This is only his 19th Test.

He is also the fastest South African bowler to get to 100 wickets and tied for the eighth fastest in Test history. Before the start of the match, Philander had 95 wickets to his name. He had taken four wickets in India’s first innings to get to 99 Test wickets.

Dhawan edged a length delivery from Philander to Jacques Kallis at second slip. Before the start of the match, Philander had an average of 17.50 and a strike-rate of 37.9. He had taken nine five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket hauls in Test cricket.

Below is a table of bowlers who were the fastest to reach 100 Test wickets and against which opponent they reached their milestone.

Player Matches Team Opposition Year
George Lohmann 16 England South Africa 1896
Charlie Turner 17 Australia England 1895
Sydney Barnes 17 England Australia 1912
Clarrie Grimmett 17 Australia West Indies 1931
Ravichandran Ashwin 18 India West Indies 2013
Colin Blythe 19 England South Africa 1910
Alf Valentine 19 West Indies England 1954
Andy Roberts 19 West Indies England 1976
Ian Botham 19 England India 1979
Saeed Ajmal 19 Pakistan England 2012
* Vernon Philander 19 South Africa India 2013

* Stats up-to-date till 7.3 overs in India’s second innings of the first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

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