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Test Cricket is all about temperament class and resilience or in short we can say this format of the game is all about the ‘Test Specialists’. Whether it is the bowling, batting or even the wicket-keeping department, we can see the specialists showing off their skills in this longer format of the game.

As the T20 cricket has become more exclusive, the young lads have sharpened their skills for this format of the game. The reason behind T20 success and more of the young stars going out for it is the glitzing factor and more of the entertainment in less time. Same goes for the spectators, who prefer watching T20 or ODI cricket as it is full of happenings, either fours or sixes or wickets. On the other hand, Test cricket is calm at times and moves on slow and steady. Even so much working in shorter format’s way one can’t deny the class Test cricket brings in. It will be relevant to mention here that, years back it was the highest honor for some cricketer to get a Test cap as T20 cricket-craze wasn’t there very much.

This article is about Most Wickets in Tests 2017, and we can see specifically the dominance of the Test specialists in this list. With the things changing around, many of the top teams have retained separate playing XI’s or specialist players in their Test squads, to make sure the cricketer remains more concentrated about this prestigious format of the game. There are dozens of examples to back the aforementioned statement; Hearth, Yasir Shah, Jimmy Anderson are some of the prominent examples out of many. All of them have done little or not even that in shorter formats of the game but when it comes to Test cricket, they are the real winners for their teams.

In the list Most Wickets in Test 2017, we can see many of Test specialist bowlers making it up on the list. The other noticeable thing is the dominance of spinners in this list of highest wicket-takers in Test cricket this year. Previously, the Test cricket bowling revolved around the legendary spinners like Shane Warne and now we can see the spinners like Ashwin, Jadeja, Hearth, Yasir Shah, and Lyon taking things in their hands. All of these aforementioned spinners are somehow the Test specialists and have become more exclusive to this format of the game.

The list of Most Wickets in 2017 has South African promising fast bowler on the top with taking 54 wickets from 10 matches this year. But things happening around suggest soon a change taking place at top of the list as Sri Lanka vs India Test series is heading up.  The three-match Test series will be kicking off from 16th November and it seems that anyone from Hearth, Ashwin or Jadeja can race up to the top with leaving behind Rabada.

Herath vs Ashwin vs Jadeja

Right now, Sri Lankan veteran Test spinner, Rangana Herath is in the second slot on the list of Most Wickets in Test 2017 by taking 51 wickets from 9 matches. It will be relevant to mention here that Herath played a pivotal role in making it 2-0 against Pakistan for Sri Lanka.  His rapid-turning spin deliveries turned out a real headache for the unreliable Pakistani batting line-up.

The duo of Ashwin and Jadeja can also end up this year as the highest wicket-taker in Tests this year as both of them are 4th on the list of Most Wickets in Test 2017 with taking 44 wickets each. Jadeja and Ashwin will be trying to make most of the Test series against Sri Lanka as this is something they can do right now as their places in shorter formats of the game are taken by Chahal and Yadav.

Most Wickets in Tests 2017 (Full List)

Player Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10
K Rabada (SA) 10 18 346.5 73 1132 54 6/55 10/63 20.96 3.26 38.5 3 2
HMRKB Herath (SL) 9 16 418.1 65 1317 51 6/43 11/136 25.82 3.14 49.1 5 2
NM Lyon (AUS) 7 13 360.1 62 1010 46 8/50 13/154 21.95 2.80 46.9 5 1
RA Jadeja (INDIA) 7 14 391.3 95 986 44 6/63 9/178 22.40 2.51 53.3 3 0
R Ashwin (INDIA) 8 16 430.2 95 1186 44 6/41 8/125 26.95 2.75 58.6 2 0
KA Maharaj (SA) 10 18 353.2 71 1065 43 6/40 8/87 24.76 3.01 49.3 2 0
Yasir Shah (PAK) 6 12 394.1 69 1242 43 7/94 9/177 28.88 3.15 55.0 5 0
JM Anderson (ENG) 7 14 236.3 72 550 39 7/42 9/73 14.10 2.32 36.3 3 0
M Morkel (SA) 8 14 272.3 59 865 34 4/41 7/179 25.44 3.17 48.0 0 0
MM Ali (ENG) 7 14 192.0 36 639 30 6/53 10/112 21.30 3.32 38.4 2 1
Shakib Al Hasan (BDESH) 7 14 304.0 45 968 29 5/68 10/153 33.37 3.18 62.8 2 1
ST Gabriel (WI) 7* 14 236.3 51 698 26 5/11 9/92 26.84 2.95 54.5 1 0
UT Yadav (INDIA) 8 16 223.1 39 730 26 4/32 6/71 28.07 3.27 51.5 0 0
MDK Perera (SL) 8 14 343.0 35 1147 26 5/98 8/170 44.11 3.34 79.1 1 0
SNJ O’Keefe (AUS) 6 11 261.3 49 673 25 6/35 12/70 26.92 2.57 62.7 2 1
D Bishoo (WI) 7* 12 248.2 38 784 24 5/79 9/184 32.66 3.15 62.0 1 0
Mehidy Hasan Miraz (BDESH) 8 15 359.4 32 1298 24 4/113 6/190 54.08 3.60 89.9 0 0
Mohammad Abbas (PAK) 5 10 201.5 47 491 23 5/46 6/77 21.34 2.43 52.6 1 0
VD Philander (SA) 8 14 217.0 57 575 23 4/27 7/75 25.00 2.64 56.6 0 0
N Wagner (NZ) 5 10 207.2 35 661 22 4/151 6/188 30.04 3.18 56.5 0 0
JO Holder (WI) 8* 15 264.4 69 653 20 4/54 6/65 32.65 2.46 79.4 0 0
SCJ Broad (ENG) 7 14 227.1 59 678 20 3/34 5/81 33.90 2.98 68.1 0 0
KAJ Roach (WI) 5* 9 151.0 45 443 19 5/72 5/58 23.31 2.93 47.6 1 0
CBRLS Kumara (SL) 6 10 179.0 14 805 19 6/122 7/184 42.36 4.49 56.5 1 0
AG Cremer (ZIM) 3* 5 197.2 26 614 18 5/125 9/275 34.11 3.11 65.7 1 0
TS Roland-Jones (ENG) 4 8 89.2 23 334 17 5/57 8/129 19.64 3.73 31.5 1 0
D Olivier (SA) 5 10 101.0 19 393 17 3/38 5/57 23.11 3.89 35.6 0 0
TA Boult (NZ) 3 6 136.3 31 421 17 4/64 7/139 24.76 3.08 48.1 0 0
JR Hazlewood (AUS) 6 11 184.0 51 421 16 6/67 7/84 26.31 2.28 69.0 1 0
BA Stokes (ENG) 7 13 156.3 34 501 16 6/22 6/63 31.31 3.20 58.6 1 0
Mustafizur Rahman (BDESH) 6 11 175.5 31 582 16 4/84 5/100 36.37 3.30 65.9 0 0
RL Chase (WI) 8* 12 174.4 20 652 16 4/103 5/134 40.75 3.73 65.5 0 0
RAS Lakmal (SL) 7 13 211.2 36 625 15 4/69 6/162 41.66 2.95 84.5 0 0
PJ Cummins (AUS) 4 7 140.0 32 416 14 4/106 4/101 29.71 2.97 60.0 0 0
TG Southee (NZ) 3 6 121.2 28 449 14 5/94 8/142 32.07 3.70 52.0 1 0
Mohammad Amir (PAK) 6 10 211.3 64 474 14 6/44 7/64 33.85 2.24 90.6 1 0
N Pradeep (SL) 6 10 161.5 24 551 13 6/132 6/195 42.38 3.40 74.6 1 0
Wahab Riaz (PAK) 3 6 99.0 16 315 11 4/41 5/103 28.63 3.18 54.0 0 0
PADLR Sandakan (SL) 4 7 141.3 19 506 11 5/132 5/132 46.00 3.57 77.1 1 0
Taijul Islam (BDESH) 5 9 160.5 14 604 11 3/60 4/92 54.90 3.75 87.7 0 0
Mohammed Shami (INDIA) 3 6 60.5 13 177 10 3/32 5/49 17.70 2.90 36.5 0 0
SC Williams (ZIM) 2 4 114.5 17 319 10 3/20 6/111 31.90 2.77 68.9 0 0
AS Joseph (WI) 4 7 129.0 30 393 10 3/53 4/77 39.30 3.04 77.4 0 0
Kuldeep Yadav (INDIA) 2 4 58.0 9 187 9 4/40 5/96 20.77 3.22 38.6 0 0
Subashis Roy (BDESH) 4 7 124.5 19 465 9 3/118 3/118 51.66 3.72 83.2 0 0
WD Parnell (SA) 2 4 33.1 4 156 8 4/51 6/89 19.50 4.70 24.8 0 0
CH Morris (SA) 2 4 42.5 5 206 8 3/38 5/45 25.75 4.80 32.1 0 0