McGrath and Warne (Australia)
They formed the ultimate bowling combination and were one of the main reasons why Australia was invincible for so many years. Being a fast bowler and a spinner, they had both aspects covered to be effective anywhere.
- They played 104 Test matches together and took 488 + 513 = 1001 wickets! The only bowling pair to do so.
- They also had26 and 25 five wicket hauls respectively!
- They averaged 21.38 and 24.87 with an amazing Strike rate of 50.4 and 55.8.
That means this combination took a wicket every 9 overs while giving away just 23 runs.
The only other such combination to come close to them is Vaas and Muralitharan (309 + 586= 895 wickets).
The factor that worked for the McGrath- Warne combination was that they both made their debut almost simultaneously- Warne 1992 and McGrath 1993 and both retired at the same time after playing their last Test together which ended on 5th Jan, 2007.
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