List of England Test wicket-keepers

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Jos Buttler, current England Test wicket-keeper
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Les Ames, England wicket-keeper of the 1930s

This is a chronological list of England Test wicket-keepers . The list comprises players who were the designated wicket-keeper at the toss, so the number of matches does not include times when a player has acted as a stand-in keeper, or appeared as a batsman only.


Alan Knott kept wicket in 95 Test matches for England, and is currently the record-holder, both in terms of caps as wicket keeper, and dismissals. [1] Godfrey Evans is the record-holder for stumpings. [1] A number of the players listed have played a large number of Test matches as specialist batsmen, for example Jonny Bairstow has played 74 Tests in total, as of January 2021. [2]

On occasions, another player has stepped in to relieve the primary wicket-keeper due to injury or illness. Unless the relief player was himself a recognised Test wicket-keeper, he is not included here. The list also does not include Billy Murdoch, who kept in the second innings of his only Test for England, [3] having previously appeared as wicket-keeper in one of his 18 Tests for Australia. He and Jonny Bairstow are the only replacement keepers to make a stumping for England. Eight stand-in keepers have taken a total of ten catches as replacements, [4] including two by Jonny Bairstow.

On one occasion in 1986, two replacement wicket-keepers were called on, neither of whom were members of the side, and one was a member of the crowd. Former England keeper, Bob Taylor, aged 45 and retired from professional cricket, stepped in at a Test match to replace Bruce French, with the permission of the New Zealand captain, after French had been hit in the head while batting. [5] Later, Hampshire's Bobby Parks, (son of former England wicket keeper Jim Parks) who did not otherwise make a Test appearance in his career, took over from Taylor for the rest of the match. [5]

Statistics are correct as of 13 June 2021.

1 John Selby [A] Nottinghamshire 18772101
2 Leland Hone MCC 18791202
3 Alfred Lyttelton Middlesex 1880–18844202
4 Dick Pilling Lancashire 1881–1888810414
5 Edmund Tylecote Kent 1882–188665510
6 Joe Hunter Yorkshire 1884–188558311
7 Mordecai Sherwin Nottinghamshire 1887–18883527
8 Henry Wood Kent and Surrey 1888–18924213
9 Gregor MacGregor [B] Middlesex 1890–1893714317
10 Punch Philipson Middlesex 1892–189558311
11 Leslie Gay Hampshire and Somerset 18941314
12 Harry Butt Sussex 18963112
13 Dick Lilley Warwickshire 1896–190935702292
14 Bill Storer Derbyshire 1897–1899611011
15 Jack Board Gloucestershire 1899–190668311
16 Leonard Moon [C] Middlesex 19061101
17 Dick Young Sussex 1907–19082606
18 Joe Humphries Derbyshire 19083707
19 Bert Strudwick [D] Surrey 1910–192627611273
20 Neville Tufnell Surrey 19101011
21 Tiger Smith [E] Warwickshire 1911–19121016319
22 Arthur Dolphin Yorkshire 19211101
23 George Brown Hampshire 1921–192379312
24 George Street Sussex 19231011
25 George Wood Kent 19243516
26 George Duckworth Lancashire 1924–193624451560
27 Rony Stanyforth Yorkshire 1927–19284729
28 Harry Elliott Derbyshire 1928–193448311
29 Harry Smith Gloucestershire 19281101
30 Les Ames [F] Kent 1929–193944722395
31 Tich Cornford Sussex 19304538
32 Bill Farrimond Lancashire 1931–19354527
33 Hopper Levett Kent 19341303
34 Fred Price Middlesex 19381202
35 Arthur Wood Yorkshire 1938–1939410111
36 Paul Gibb [G] Essex and Yorkshire 19463314
37 Godfrey Evans Kent 1946–19599117346219
38 Billy Griffith [H] Surrey and Sussex 19492505
39 Arthur McIntyre [I] Surrey 1950–19552707
40 Don Brennan Yorkshire 19512011
41 Dick Spooner Warwickshire 1951–1955710212
42 Keith Andrew Northamptonshire 1954–19632101
43 Roy Swetman Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire and Surrey 1959–19601124226
44 Jim Parks [J] Sussex and Somerset 1960–19684310111112
45 John Murray [K] Middlesex 1961–19672052355
46 Geoff Millman Nottinghamshire 1961–1962613215
47 Alan Smith Warwickshire 1962–1963620020
48 Jimmy Binks Yorkshire 19642808
49 Alan Knott Kent 1967–19819525019269
50 Bob Taylor Derbyshire 1971–1984571677174
51 David Bairstow Yorkshire 1979–1981412113
52 Paul Downton Kent and Middlesex 1981–19883070575
53 Bruce French Nottinghamshire 1986–19881638139
54 Jack Richards Surrey 1986–1988820121
55 Jack Russell Gloucestershire 1988–19985415312165
56 Alec Stewart [L] Surrey 1991–20038222714241
57 Richard Blakey Yorkshire 19932202
58 Steve Rhodes Worcestershire 1994–19951146349
59 Warren Hegg Lancashire 1998–19992808
60 Chris Read Nottinghamshire 1999–20071548654
61 James Foster Essex 2001–2002717118
62 Geraint Jones Kent 2004–2006341285133
63 Matt Prior Sussex 2007–20147924313256
64 Tim Ambrose Warwickshire 2008–20091131031
65 Jonny Bairstow [M] Yorkshire 2013–20194816912181
66 Jos Buttler [N] Lancashire 2014–present301001101
67 Ben Foakes Surrey 2018–present814519
68 Ollie Pope [O] Surrey 20191101
69 James Bracey Gloucestershire 2021-present2606

Source: [1]


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