|If they miss, I hit|
Coming a bit more up to date, there is Ray Lindwall, 228 wickets, 97 of which were bowled - 42.54%; and Brian Statham, 252 wickets, 102 bowled - 40.47%. Sean Pollock is way behind - 421 wickets but only 59 bowled, a trivial 14.01%.
What about adding in LBW? Terry Alderman has the highest LBW quota - 58 out of 170 dismissals - 34.11% (this would come as no surprise to Graham Gooch who was the victim on a fair number of these). But of the contenders above, only Pollock has more than 50 LBWs (the cut off in the published archive) - 90 in fact. So together bowled and LBW give him 149 of his wickets, 35.39%. Not enough.
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one of the truly
great bowling actions
So what do we conclude? No one is straighter than Richardson and Cardus called it right? In more modern times though, the long standing claim of Statham may not be too far away. To top Waqar's aggregate he would need to have 42 LBWs. Lindwall would need 33. Both are entirely possible. Some statistician somewhere may already be doing the necessary.
But what about Fantasy Bob? Last season he took 19 wickets for Carlton 4th and Sunday XIs. Of these, 12 were bowled or LBW (itself a miracle decision in lower league cricket). 63.15% Step aside Tom Richardson!