Here is a list of the leading test cricket wicket takers after playing n matches. A few current-day players feature and I hope to update this list over time (last updated January 31 2016). It was created largely manually using ESPNCricinfo’s Statsguru starting from [1] and [2], and using lists of the fastest to multiples of 50 wickets here. Corrections are more than welcome (**updated**: October 12 2017).

1 | Hirwani, Massie (16) | F Martin (Eng), Krejza (12) | several tied on 11 |

2 | Hirwani (24) | Bedser (22) | Massie (21) |

3 | Hirwani (31) | Turner (29) | Hogg (27) |

4 | Turner (39) | Hirwani (36) | Hogg, Valentine (33) |

5 | Turner (45) | Hogg (40) | Valentine (39) |

6 | Turner (50) | Philander (45) | Valentine (43) |

7 | Richardson (53) | Philander, Turner (51) | Valentine (49) |

8 | Richardson (66) | Turner (56) | Valentine (55) |

9 | Richardson (66) | Turner (63) | Ferris (61) |

10 | Richardson (71) | Turner (69) | Tate (65) |

11 | Richardson, Turner (72) | Yasir Shah (69) | Grimmett, Peel, Roberts, Tate, Valentine (65) |

12 | Turner (80) | Richardson, Yasir Shah (76) | Grimmett (71) |

13 | Yasir Shah (86) | Turner (81) | Richardson (78) |

14 | Richardson (88) | Yasir Shah (87) | Turner (83) |

15 | Yasir Shah (90) | Lohmann (89) | Barnes, Grimmett, Philander (87) |

16 | Lohmann (101) | Yasir Shah (95) | Barnes, Turner (94) |

17 | Lohmann (109) | Yasir Shah (102) | Barnes, Grimmett, Turner (101) |

18 | Barnes, Lohmann, Yasir Shah (112) | Grimmett (105) | Ashwin (104) |

19 | Yasir Shah (116) | Barnes (112) | Grimmett (109) |

20 | Barnes (122) | Yasir Shah (116) | Grimmett (112) |

21 | Barnes (122) | Grimmett (120) | Yasir Shah (119) |

22 | Barnes (135) | Grimmett (128) | Yasir Shah (122) |

23 | Grimmett (142) | Barnes (140) | Yasir Shah (124) |

24 | Barnes (150) | Grimmett (142) | Waqar Younis (134) |

25 | Barnes (167) | Grimmett, Waqar Younis (143) | Yasir Shah (141) |

26 | Barnes (175) | Yasir Shah (149) | Waqar Younis (148) |

27 | Barnes (189) | Yasir Shah (157) | Waqar Younis (154) |

28 | Yasir Shah (165) | Waqar Younis (159) | Grimmett (155) |

29 | Waqar Younis (166) | Grimmett (156) | Ashwin, Saeed Ajmal (153) |

30 | Waqar Younis (169) | Saeed Ajmal (159) | Ashwin, Grimmett (157) |

31 | Waqar Younis (180) | Ashwin (169) | Grimmett (164) |

32 | Waqar Younis (187) | Ashwin (176) | Grimmett (172) |

33 | Waqar Younis (190) | Ashwin (183) | Grimmett (177) |

34 | Waqar Younis (191) | Ashwin (189) | Grimmett (183) |

35 | Waqar Younis (194) | Grimmett (193) | Ashwin (192) |

36 | Grimmett (203) | Waqar Younis (196) | Ashwin (193) |

37 | Grimmett (216) | Ashwin (203) | Waqar Younis (199) |

38 | Ashwin (207) | Lillee (206) | Waqar Younis (200) |

39 | Ashwin (220) | Waqar Younis (208) | Lillee (206) |

40 | Ashwin (223) | Lillee (206) | Steyn (205) |

41 | Ashwin (231) | Waqar Younis (216) | Steyn (211) |

42 | Ashwin (235) | Waqar Younis (217) | Lillee (214) |

43 | Ashwin (247) | Lillee, Waqar Younis (222) | Steyn (217) |

44 | Ashwin (248) | Lillee (229) | Waqar Younis (227) |

45 | Ashwin (254) | Steyn (232) | Lillee (230) |

46 | Ashwin (261) | Steyn (238) | Lillee (237) |

47 | Ashwin (269) | Steyn (244) | Lillee (243) |

48 | Ashwin (271) | Lillee (251) | Steyn (249) |

49 | Ashwin (275) | Lillee (259) | Steyn (255) |

50 | Ashwin (279) | Lillee (262) | Steyn (260) |

51 | Ashwin (286) | Lillee (269) | Steyn (263) |

52 | Ashwin (292) | Lillee (273) | Steyn (265) |

53 | Lillee (279) | Steyn (270) | Muralitharan (265) |

54 | Lillee (290) | Steyn (272) | Donald, Muralitharan (265) |

55 | Lillee (296) | Steyn (279) | Muralitharan (278) |

56 | Lillee (305) | Muralitharan (283) | Steyn (282) |

57 | Lillee (305) | Muralitharan (291) | Steyn (287) |

58 | Lillee (315) | Muralitharan (302) | Marshall (290) |

59 | Lillee (321) | Muralitharan (303) | Marshall (296) |

60 | Lillee (321) | Muralitharan (310) | Hadlee, Marshall, Steyn (299) |

61 | Lillee (321) | Muralitharan (315) | Steyn (304) |

62 | Lillee (325) | Muralitharan (317) | Steyn (312) |

63 | Lillee (328) | Muralitharan (325) | Steyn (323) |

64 | Lillee (332) | Muralitharan (329) | Steyn (327) |

65 | Muralitharan (340) | Lillee (335) | Hadlee, Steyn (332) |

66 | Muralitharan (350) | Lillee, Steyn (336) | Hadlee (334) |

67 | Muralitharan (361) | Steyn (340) | Hadlee, Lillee (336) |

68 | Muralitharan (371) | Hadlee, Lillee (342) | Steyn (341) |

69 | Muralitharan (374) | Hadlee (351) | Steyn (350) |

70 | Muralitharan (382) | Steyn (356) | Hadlee, Lillee (355) |

71 | Muralitharan (395) | Steyn (361) | Hadlee (358) |

72 | Muralitharan (404) | Hadlee (363) | Steyn (362) |

73 | Muralitharan (412) | Hadlee (373) | Steyn (371) |

74 | Muralitharan (417) | Steyn (375) | Hadlee (373) |

75 | Muralitharan (420) | Steyn (383) | Hadlee (378) |

76 | Muralitharan (430) | Steyn (389) | Hadlee (388) |

77 | Muralitharan (433) | Hadlee (391) | Steyn (389) |

78 | Muralitharan (437) | Steyn (396) | Hadlee (395) |

79 | Muralitharan (442) | Steyn (399) | Hadlee (396) |

80 | Muralitharan (450) | Hadlee (403) | Steyn (402) |

81 | Muralitharan (455) | Hadlee (406) | Steyn (402) |

82 | Muralitharan (459) | Hadlee (408) | Steyn (406) |

83 | Muralitharan (470) | Hadlee (415) | Steyn (408) |

84 | Muralitharan (478) | Hadlee (419) | Steyn (416) |

85 | Muralitharan (485) | Hadlee (423) | Steyn (417) |

86 | Muralitharan (496) | Hadlee (431) | Kumble (415) |

87-101 | Muralitharan | Kumble | McGrath |

102-126 | Muralitharan | Kumble | Warne |

127 | Muralitharan (770) | Warne (611) | Kumble (608) |

128 | Muralitharan (777) | Warne (623) | Kumble (608) |

129 | Muralitharan (783) | Warne (629) | Kumble (613) |

130 | Muralitharan (786) | Warne (634) | Kumble (616) |

131 | Muralitharan (788) | Warne (638) | Kumble (616) |

132 | Muralitharan (792) | Warne (645) | Kumble (619) |

133 | Muralitharan (800) | Warne (651) | Kallis (258) |

134-145 | Warne | Kallis | Waugh |

146-166 | Kallis | Waugh | Tendulkar |

167-168 | Waugh | Tendulkar | Ponting |

169-200 | Tendulkar |

#### References

[1] Most wkts in consec Tests from debut – Google Groups

[2] Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in 10 Tests or less (crictracker.com)