James Anderson Enters Elite 500 Wicket Club
England pacer James Anderson became the first Englishman and sixth cricketer overall to claim 500-plus wickets in Test cricket. Anderson achieved the milestone on the second day of the third Test against the West Indies at Lord’s. The 35-year-old, who took the field with 497 wickets in his kitty, dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite, Kyle Hope in the first innings and then took the first West Indian wicket (Kraigg Brathwaite) to fall in the second to achieve the feat.
He also became the third fast bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets, after Australian legend Glenn McGrath (563 wickets in 124 Tests) and the West Indies’ Courtney Walsh (519 wickets in 132 Tests). Anderson made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in 2003 at the age of 21. The England speedster claimed a five-for on his debut. The 35-year-old also has 269 wickets in 194 ODIs to his name.