Despite England failed to bowl New Zealand out in the last day of the Test match and save themselves from yet another series defeat in winter, they had something to cheer about for their fast bowler James Anderson.
The 35-year old pacer after bowling the ball of his 17th over, became the pacer to bowl more deliveries in the history of Test cricket than any other pacer bowler in the world, which is 30,020 deliveries.
He surpassed former Windies pacer Courney Walsh who bowled 30,019 deliveries. The third bowler in the last is Australia’s Glenn McGrath who bowled 29,248 deliveries while the fourth pacer is India’s Kapil Dev. The former Indian captain bowled 27,740 deliveries.
Though Anderson has overtaken all the pacers, he is still behind former three legendary spinners and they are Australia’s Shane Warner, India’s Anil Kumble and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
Anderson became England’s leading Test wicket-taker in 2015 and last year, against West Indies, he took his 500th Test wicket. With 531 to his name at the time of this latest record, he now has Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 wickets firmly in his sights as the most by a pace bowler in Tests.