In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer")occurs when a bowler takes five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded by critics as a notable achievement.
Australian cricketers use the rhyming slang "getting a Michelle" when they take five wickets in an innings. This means they have taken "Five for" which has become a "Pfeiffer" and hence a "Michelle", in reference to Michelle Pfeiffer.
As of 2018, only nine cricketers have taken a five-wicket haul in all three international formats of the game (Test cricket, One Day International and Twenty20 International): Sri Lankans Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga, Indians Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav, New Zealander Tim Southee, South African Imran Tahir, Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan and Pakistani Umar Gul.
In 2018, Afghan cricketer Mujeeb Zadran, aged 16, became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in an ODI and Harvey Kendall being the second youngest.
Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the most five-wicket hauls in Test matches with 67,and Pakistani Waqar Younis has taken the most five-wicket hauls in ODIs with 13. The record for most five-wicket hauls in T20Is is two, shared by three cricketers: South African Imran Tahir, Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis, and Pakistani Umar Gul.
As of September 2019, only 9 players have taken five-wicket hauls in all three international formats.
|First 5W-haul||5WI||First 5W-haul||5WI||First 5W-haul||5WI|
|1||5/55 v ||10||5/33 v ||3||5/18 v ||1|
|2||6/99 v ||4||6/13 v ||3||6/8 v ||2|
|3||5/80 v ||3||5/34 v ||8||5/31 v ||2|
|4||5/82 v ||4||5/42 ||1||5/24 v ||1|
|5||5/31 v ||4||5/17 v ||2||5/6 v ||2|
|6||5/32 v ||2||5/45 v ||3||5/24 v ||2|
|7||5/57 v ||2||6/25 v ||1||5/24 v ||1|
|8||7/36 v ||18||5/47 v ||2||5/20 v ||1|
|9||5/82 v ||3||6/43 v ||4||5/3 v ||2|
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... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ...