A well-rounded pace attack in the five-day format just not means primary skillsets. There should be bowlers who must excel across various phases of the game and in different conditions across the planet. Of course, there should also be sufficient depth for the quality to always remain intact. Considering these factors, we have listed down the top 3 Test pace attacks in the world if all players are fit.
Note: The below list of the Top 3 pace attacks in Test cricket is in no particular order.
James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Josh Tongue and Ben Stokes
Despite the recent retirement of Stuart Broad, England still has one of the best pace departments in the game. Even with the impending retirement of James Anderson, the status remains the same.
Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes would form a competent attack for the future. If Jofra Archer comes back and Josh Tongue does well, England will have good depth. While Ben Stokes is always available as the all-rounder, Sam Curran could also get a chance in the future.
Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland, Michael Neser, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson and Cameron Green
Australia is one of the top 3 Test pace attacks in the world if all players are fit. There is absolutely no doubt about this. There are concerns about the future but Australia does have some good youngsters in the setup.
Pat, Josh and Starc will still play for a few years. The likes of Lance Morris are exciting while Jhye Richardson must fix his fitness issues. Cameron Green will serve long as an all-rounder.
3) New Zealand
Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Niel Wagner and Doug Bracewell
While India and South Africa are also good in the pace department, New Zealand overtakes them here. This is mainly due to the quality depth and the presence of in-form cricketers.
Experience is in abundance in this pace attack. There is variety and some batting depth, as well. The management will be desperate for Jamieson to return to his peak fitness.