James Anderson becomes first pacer to play 150 Tests

Ace England pacer James Anderson has become the first fast bowler in the history of Test cricket to appear in 150 Test matches. 

James Anderson plays 150 Test matches. Photo: Getty Images

During the first Test against South Africa at the Super Sport Park, the 37-year old Anderson touched the rare milestone. He dismissed Dean Elgar with the very first ball he bowled in the match.

Stuart Broad of England is second on the list with 135 Test appearances while former West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh placed in third playing 132 Test matches.

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After Alastair Cook, James Anderson is the second cricketer to have most Test appearances for England. Cook played 161 longer version matches.

In overall list, James Anderson is the 9th cricketer to reach the 150-Test milestone. The other cricketers are India’s Sachin Tendulkar (200), Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh (168), Jacques Kallis (166), S Chanderpaul and Rahul Dravid (164), Alastair Cook (161) and Allan Border (156).

Making his debut at the age of 20 on May 22, 2003, against Zimbabwe at the Lord’s, Anderson, the leading wicket-taker of England scaled a magnificent 575 wickets at an average of 26.94.

“If I do play in Centurion, it will be a really proud moment for me. Not many people have played 150 Tests for their country.

“It makes all the hard work throughout my career, the ups and downs, the times in my early 20s when I didn’t know if I was ever going to get picked again or get another wicket, worthwhile,” Anderson commented ahead of the match.


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