Quickest Oz bowlers to 150 Test wickets

Clarrie Grimmett is the quickest Australian bowler to 150 scalps in test cricket and reached the milestone from 28 matches.

Clarrie Grimmett

Grimmett brought up the feat against England at Nottingham in 1934. Having made his debut in February 1925, Grimmett was not a regular in the Australian team but had a great second wind as he succeeded in becoming the quickest bowler to 150 test wickets for Australia.

It took him close to 10 years to achieve the feat, which finally came in the 233rd match of test history. Grimmett went on to represent Australia in 37 test matches from which he picked 216 wickets at an average of under 25 and an economy rate of 2.16. The leg break bowler had the best of 7/40 in his test career.

Dennis Lillee

Next up is Dennis Lillee who does not need any introduction. One of the quickest bowlers to set foot on the cricket field, Lillee brought up the feat against New Zealand in Auckland when he reached 150 test wickets from 31 matches.

The Australian quick made his debut in January 1971 and brought up the feat in 1977, taking six years and 27 days since his debut. Lillee finished his test career with 70 matches from which he picked up 355 wickets at a brilliant average of 23.92 and a strike rate of 52.

Being an out and out tearaway to begin with, Lillee had to remodel his action after career-threatening injuries but gained the control to extend his career and finished as the highest wicket taker in test cricket at the time. Lillee's record was recently equalled by Pat Cummins.

Shane Warne

It is no surprise that Shane Warne is at the third place in the list of Australian bowlers to be the fastest to reach the 150-wicket milestone in test cricket. Warne reached the milestone against England at Melbourne in December 1994, almost three years after he made his debut in January 1992.

This was Warne's 31st test and he went on to become the second highest wicket taker in the history of test cricket. With 708 wickets from 145 test matches, Warne still holds the record for being the second highest wicket taker in test matches.

He boasts of a brilliant average of 25.41 and a strike rate of 57.4. Warne won Australia many matches by dint of his sensational wrist spin.