James Anderson & Stuart Broad
These two are the most lethal bowling pair across the globe. It is because of their partnership that England has managed to win Test matches more frequently. Their amazing chemistry has helped them to come out of the most difficult situations as well. Anderson and Broad have been phenomenal in the last half a decade which has helped England in attaining a number one position in Test rankings in the past. Broad has taken 238 wickets in 57 Tests in the last five years while James Anderson has managed to pick up 236 wickets in the same number of Test matches. The above mentioned wickets are enough to prove that these two have dismantled the rivals badly. If these two are on-song, there is no way to beat England on any sort of wicket.
Dale Steyn & Morne Morkel
We can’t deny the fact that Dale Steyn has lost his touch in the last one year because of his regular injuries but he still continues to cause problem for the batsmen. Along with Morne Morkel, he has taken lot of wickets. Steyn can swing the ball both ways that too at an alarming speed while Morne Morkel gets steep bounce from the track because of his height and high arm action, which makes this pair deadly. We haven’t seen much of them in the last twelve months but forgetting them completely is not the right way forward. If we taken their last five years into account, the amount of damage they have caused will become clearer. Dale Steyn has taken 168 wickets in 36 Tests whileMorne Morkel has played 40 Tests in the same time picking up 129 wickets.
Trent Boult & Tim Southee
Apart from the batsmen, the credit for New Zealand’s success in the last few years goes to the bowling pair of Trent Boult and Tim Southee. These two have complemented each other pretty well in international cricket and have taken wickets when needed. In the last five years, Trent Boult, the left arm pacer, has accumulated 147 wickets in 39 Tests at an average of 29 while Tim Southee has grabbed 131 in 35 Tests at an average of 29.33. They have been consistent but flat tracks have done some sort of damage to their reputation. In the last two years, Boult has picked up 65 wickets in 17 Tests while Southee has taken 54 wickets in the same number of Test matches. Southee relies on the track for some sort of help while Boult can cause damage with his speed on any wicket.
Josh Hazlewood & Mitchell Starc
Australia was once the prominent fast bowling force in the world but the last few years have seen some fall in the pre-set parameters. The team from Down Under is still producing sensational fast bowlers but duo to regular injuries, there are not able to deliver as expected. However despite this ongoing problem, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starchave shown a promise in international cricket. Starc has got pace and lethal Yorker while Hazlewood is pretty much like Glenn McGrath whose main focus is on line and length. In the last two years, Hazlewood has taken 70 wickets in just 17 Tests at an average 25.77. When it comes to Starc, he has picked up 50 wickets in 13 Tests in the last two years at an average of 28. These two still have a long way to go and if they can stay fit, the wicket column will certainly improve.
Ravichandran Ashwin & Ravindra Jadeja
We can’t say them great as these two have been effective at home only but ignoring them is not right. R Ashwin has been a go to bowler for the Indian captains as he has managed to pick up wickets every now and then. On the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja is still learning the art of taking wickets but has some improvement in the last few years. Ashwin has 72 wickets in 13 Tests in the last 24 months while Jadeja has managed to grab 32 wickets from 8 Tests in the same time duration. Whenever these two have bowled in partnership in India, the results have been fruitful for the team. There real test will be outside Asia as the wickets are not rank turners outside the sub-continent. The good news for these two is that India will play most of the Test matches in India in 2016-17, which will help them in improving their wicket column.