is upon us and we have complied a list of some astonishing records in professional cricket. Some of these records have gone unbeaten for years because they are just extraordinary and seem impossible to beat.
This list celebrates five of the best records achieved in Professional Cricket.
Don Bradman - 99.94 Test Career Batting Average
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Don Bradman scored his runs at an average of 99.94 In 80 Test cricket innings. The next person on the Test Batting Averages List managed a tick over 60. The 99.94 average is the kind of average you need to know. This is a kind of shorthand for Bradman's exceptional talent. His overall average of 95.14 is unlikely to be beaten either.
Muttiah Muralitharan - 1347 International Wickets
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This player goes on the list with a record of 1347 International Wickets. Muttiah Muralitharan was only 20 years old when he bowled for Sri Lanka and made a name for himself with his unusual style, which also sparked some controversy. Nearly 20 years later, he had 800 Test wickets, 534 one-day international wickets and 13 Twenty20 International wickets.
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Jack Hobbs - 61,760 First-Class Runs
Jack Hobbs dominated in professional cricket in the early part of the 20th century. Hobbs holds a record of 61,760 First-Class Runs. Hobbs' pastime was to score runs. The game has moved on from Hobbs' era, making his 61,760 first-class runs a relic rather than a realistic target, but he will always be remembered as a legend of the game.
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Jim Laker - Test Match Bowling Figures of 19/90
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Jim Laker holds the record of Test Match Bowling Figures of 19/90. The shorthand stands for 19 wickets and 90 runs. A total of 20 Australian wickets to fall at Old Trafford in 1956, England off-spinner he missed only by one. When a player achieves 10 wickets in a Test match it is considered an excellent achievement, 19 was some sort of a miracle.
Wilfred Rhodes - 4204 First-Class Wickets
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Wilfred Rhodes broke the record of 4204 First-Class Wickets. As he had played in a less strenuous era, it was possible for him to bowl his slow left-arm spin for England well into his fifties. He holds the record for both the most appearances made in first-class cricket being 1,110 matches and for the most wickets. Talk about impressive.
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