Jimmy’s earned his OBE

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CRICKET CHRIS OSTICK

RECORD-BREAK­ING Lan­cashire bowler James An­der­son has re­ceived an OBE in the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours List, in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing ca­reer.

An­der­son, who has spo­ken of his pride at be­ing hon­oured and the “enor­mous amount” it means to him and his fam­ily, has had a mem­o­rable year al­ready - over­tak­ing Sir Ian Botham as Eng­land’s all-time lead­ing Test wicket-taker two months ago and since be­com­ing the first from this coun­try to reach 400.

The 32-year-old, who made his Lan­cashire de­but back in 2002, cur­rently has 403 wick­ets in his 104 Tests.

An­der­son is fol­low­ing many of his con­tem­po­raries into the Hon­ours list af­ter the en­tire 2005 Ashes-win­ning team were recog­nised with MBEs or OBEs.

A decade on, as An­der­son pre­pares for his sixth Ashes cam­paign, he too is dec­o­rated.

He was on the pe­riph­ery of the Eng­land team in 2005, hav­ing be­gun his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer two years ear­lier.

But An­der­son has gone on to be­come his coun­try’s all-time most suc­cess­ful bowler.

He went on to reach 400 wick­ets in the sec­ond Investec Test against New Zealand at Head­in­g­ley when he had Martin Gup­till caught in the slips by Ian Bell be­com­ing the 12th crick­eter world­wide to reach the mile­stone.

On re­ceiv­ing his OBE, An­der­son said: “This means an enor­mous amount to me and my fam­ily.

“I’m very proud of my re­cent achieve­ments, and this just caps it off.”

He was at pains to thank all those who have helped him along the way too, adding: “These achieve­ments wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the help and sup­port of my fam­ily, friends and ev­ery­one at Burn­ley CC, Lancs CCC and Eng­land.”

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