New Delhi: England seamer James Anderson becomes the first English cricketer in history to take 500 Test wickets when he sent back Kraigg Brathwaite in the third Test against West Indies at Lords on Friday. Also Read - IPL 2020 News: Ben Stokes Will Join Rajasthan Royals After Six-day Quarantine, Set to Arrive in UAE on Sunday
Prior to Anderson, only two seam bowlers in the history of Test matches – Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath – had reached 500 wickets. The English seamer reached the landmark in his 129th Test. Also Read - Priority is to Have England Series in India: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly
Anderson is currently the sixth highest wicket-taker. Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan leads the way with 800, and Australian spinner Shane Warne is second with 708. Also Read - ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League Latest Points Table Update: England Maintain Top Spot Despite Series Defeat
Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble (619), Australian paceman Glenn McGrath (563) and West Indies quickie Courtney Walsh (519) are on third, fourth and fifth position respectively.
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Anderson made his Test debut against Zimbabwe — also at Lord’s — in May 2003 at the age of 21 and his economy, in 129 Tests, reads below 3 RPO, courtesy his disciplined line and length. He has taken 23 five-wicket hauls, at an average of over 27.
The 35-year-old swing specialist took 24 wickets in Australia when England won the Ashes in 2010-11. Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had praised the pacer and said he was the difference between the sides when England won in India in 2012.