James Anderson levels Sir Ian Botham’s record
England pace spearhead James Anderson may be at the end of the finishing stages of his career. But he is not wearing down even a bit. In fact, he looks 100% fit and is indeed getting better with age just like wine! Widely regarded as the King of Swing for his ability to swing the red ball to a greater extent, he is proving to be a real case for himself as a genuine bowling weapon for the team especially when a new ball is thrown to him.
In the ongoing Test match against Windies at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados, Anderson equalled Sir Ian Botham’s record for Test match five-wicket hauls for England. He ripped through the defences of Windies’ batsmen as he chipped in with 5 wickets to his subtle bowling variations of good line and length.
Having bowled 30 overs, he hardly leaked runs as he mostly kept the batsmen in check. With 5 wickets and 13 maidens, he was the star performer for his side. His 5-46 in the first innings takes him to 27 five-fors overall in Tests. In the process, the 36-year-old has now levelled Botham’s record of 27 five-wicket hauls. Not just that! He also became the first England bowler to take 200 Test wickets in the overseas conditions.
Anderson rose to the occasion in the final session of day 1 when he was given the second new ball. He completed his five-wicket haul on Day 2. Apart from James Anderson, Ben Stokes also managed to up the ante as he took 4-59 in the first innings. England bundled the hosts out for 289.
In reply, England batsmen clearly had no solution for the problems caused by the Windies bowlers. Kemar Roach did all the talking with the ball as he dispatched half of the England batting line-up with relative ease. The skipper Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph took 2 wickets apiece whereas Shannon Gabriel took one wicket respectively.
Clearly, it was a day to forget for England as far as the batting department is concerned. No batsman scored 20 or more runs in the side and now Windies are in firm control of the game as they are batting- 25/0 and lead by 237 runs.