In Test cricket, Allan Border played 153 consecutive Tests, the most of any player to date (September 2015). Which bowler has played most consecutive Test Matches?

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    Please define "bowler" in a quantitative manner.
    – Philip Kendall
    Aug 28, 2015 at 11:36

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Sure, from the list of most consecutive test match appearances (link), filtering out the specialist batsmen and all-rounders, we get:

Anil Kumble, who played in India's 60 consecutive tests between 18 Oct 1992 and 2 Mar 2000. He is at 33rd position on the list.

If we include all rounders under bowlers, the "winner" is:

Sir Gary Sobers, who played in West Indies' 85 consecutive tests between 11 Apr 1955 and 20 Apr 1972.


Depends on how you define a bowler - Border has 39 test wickets, so he could qualify!

Based on the Cricinfo appearances list, the first player not primarily identified as a batsman (that I can see) is Garfield Sobers, who was an all-rounder. The first primary bowler I can see is Anil Kumble (not Glenn McGrath as previously stated).

Note that this is from a quick scan of the list, and opinions may vary.

  • Can you please let me know how many games did Mcgrath played consecutively.
    – suhas
    Aug 31, 2015 at 3:08
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    If you click the link, find his name and click through to his profile, it'll tell you everything you need to know right there....
    – TrueDub
    Aug 31, 2015 at 8:29

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