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.Godfrey Evans is the record-holder for stumpings. 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.
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,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, 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.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.
Statistics are correct as of 13 June 2021.
|1||John Selby [A]||Nottinghamshire||1877||2||1||0||1|
|8||Henry Wood||Kent and Surrey||1888–1892||4||2||1||3|
|9||Gregor MacGregor [B]||Middlesex||1890–1893||7||14||3||17|
|11||Leslie Gay||Hampshire and Somerset||1894||1||3||1||4|
|16||Leonard Moon [C]||Middlesex||1906||1||1||0||1|
|19||Bert Strudwick [D]||Surrey||1910–1926||27||61||12||73|
|21||Tiger Smith [E]||Warwickshire||1911–1912||10||16||3||19|
|30||Les Ames [F]||Kent||1929–1939||44||72||23||95|
|36||Paul Gibb [G]||Essex and Yorkshire||1946||3||3||1||4|
|38||Billy Griffith [H]||Surrey and Sussex||1949||2||5||0||5|
|39||Arthur McIntyre [I]||Surrey||1950–1955||2||7||0||7|
|43||Roy Swetman||Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire and Surrey||1959–1960||11||24||2||26|
|44||Jim Parks [J]||Sussex and Somerset||1960–1968||43||101||11||112|
|45||John Murray [K]||Middlesex||1961–1967||20||52||3||55|
|52||Paul Downton||Kent and Middlesex||1981–1988||30||70||5||75|
|56||Alec Stewart [L]||Surrey||1991–2003||82||227||14||241|
|65||Jonny Bairstow [M]||Yorkshire||2013–2019||48||169||12||181|
|66||Jos Buttler [N]||Lancashire||2014–present||30||100||1||101|
|68||Ollie Pope [O]||Surrey||2019||1||1||0||1|
The wicket-keeper in the sport of cricket is the player on the fielding side who stands behind the wicket or stumps being watchful of the batsman and ready to take a catch, stump the batsman out and run out a batsman when occasion arises. The wicket-keeper is the only member of the fielding side permitted to wear gloves and external leg guards. The role of the keeper is governed by Law 27 of the Laws of Cricket.
In cricket, a dismissal occurs when a batsman's period of batting is brought to an end by the opposing team. It is also known as the batsman being out, the batting side losing a wicket, and the fielding side taking a wicket. The ball becomes dead, and the dismissed batsman must leave the field of play permanently for the rest of their team's innings, and is replaced by a teammate. A team's innings ends if 10 of the 11 team members are dismissed—as players bat in pairs, when only one person is undismissed it is not possible for the team to bat any longer. This is known as bowling out the batting team, who are said to be all out.
Caught is a method of dismissing a batsman in cricket. A batsman is caught if the batsman hits the ball, from a legitimate delivery, with the bat, and the ball is caught by the bowler or a fielder before it hits the ground.
David Leslie Bairstow was an English cricketer, who played for Yorkshire and England as a wicket-keeper. He also played football for his hometown club Bradford City.
Jonathan Marc Bairstow is an English cricketer, who plays internationally for England and domestically for Yorkshire. Bairstow was part of the England squad that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup. A right handed opening batsman, he is the only English wicket-keeper to twice claim nine dismissals in a Test match, against South Africa in January 2016, and against Sri Lanka in May 2016. Only Jack Russell, and Bob Taylor have claimed more in a single Test match.
Joseph Charles Buttler is an English international cricketer and current vice-captain of the England cricket team and Rajasthan Royals in limited overs cricket and the IPL respectively. He is considered by some to be England's best white ball batsman of all time. A right-handed batsman, Buttler usually fields as a wicket-keeper and has represented England in Test, One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket. Buttler served as vice-captain of the England squad during the 2019 Cricket World Cup, where England became world champions for the first time in their history. Buttler currently plays for Lancashire in English domestic cricket, having previously represented Somerset, and also appears for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Holding the record for the fastest ODI century by an England player, Buttler is regarded as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen in the world.