600 test wickets for James Anderson, first fast bowler to reach the milestone

2020-08-25 23:40:32
  • Pakistani captain Azhar Ali becomes James' 600th victim on the final day’s afternoon of the third Test at the Ageas Bowl
  • Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) have taken more wickets than him

Southampton: England fast bowler James Anderson created history by reaching the mark of 600 wickets. He reached the milestone with the wicket of Azhar Ali as Pakistan batted on the final day’s afternoon of the third Test at the Ageas Bowl. He has become the first seamer and the fourth bowler overall to grab this achievement. So far Muttiah Muralitharan (800, Sri Lanka), Shane Warne (708, Australia) and Anil Kumble (619, India) have taken more wickets than him but they are all spinners.

Anderson, whose Test career began in 2003, could have been forgiven for wondering if the wicket would ever come. At one stage in this match, he saw four chances - none of them especially taxing, a couple of them really quite straightforward - dropped off his bowling within the space of 37 deliveries.

Rain and bad light has also frustrated him in recent days and, with England not scheduled to play another Test this year, it seemed Anderson could face an agonising wait. With play held up on the final day by heavy overnight rain and a wet outfield, the game did not restart until 4.15pm. Anderson did not have to wait too much longer, having Azhar taken by Joe Root at lone slip in his third over, to spark celebrations among his team-mates.

Anderson already holds numerous Test records. As well as having played more Tests - this is his 156th - than any other specialist seamer, he has also bowled more deliveries: nearly 34,000. Now aged 38, he has made it clear he has no immediate plans to retire and has previously expressed his desire to return to Australia for one more Ashes series at the end of 2021.

38-year-old Pacer Anderson took his first Test wicket as Mark Vermulen in 2003. After this, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the former Captain of Team India in his 50th wicket in test career. Dhoni played under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid in the match which was played at Lord's. He got Dhoni caught by Bell. He could not even open an account.

Anderson's 100th Test hunt became Jacques Kallis (2008), while the 200th victim was Peter Siddle (2010). His 300th wicket was Peter Fulton (2013), 400th Test wicket Martin Guptill (2015) and 500th wicket Craig Brathwaite (2017).

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