England’s James Anderson has completed his tally of 500 Test wickets. He is only the third pacer, sixth overall to achieve this milestone in Tests.
Anderson had 497 wickets ahead of the third Test against West Indies at Lord’s. He took two wickets in the first innings. He needed only one wicket to become the first Englishman to get 500 wickets.
Though he was denied in the first innings, it didn’t take too long to get for the Lancashire legend as bowled Kraigg Brathwaite with a full delivery in the sixth ball of the third over to complete 500 wickets in 129 matches.
Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh were the previous entrants of this elite club.
Anderson made his Test debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe at the same ground, Lord’s. He had taken a fifer in his debut innings. Since then, he hasn’t looked back as he continued on to deliver for English in whites. He broke Ian Botham’s record of 383 wickets in Antigua in 2015. A few weeks later, he got his 400th wicket against New Zealand at Headingley, Leeds.
Anderson is not only his country’s best Test bowler of all time, but also in ODIs. He still holds the record of 269 wickets. He has 18 wickets in T20 Internationals.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com