England fast bowler James Anderson continues to scale newer heights in cricket’s traditional format – Test cricket – with every passing day. Defying the age factor, Anderson on Saturday became the second fast bowler after the legendary Richard Hadlee to take 30 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket. While the Englishman is the second pacer, he is sixth on the overall list. Anderson achieved the feat in the ongoing second Test between Sri Lanka and England at the Galle International Stadium. The pacer denied Sri Lanka batsman Niroshan Dickwella his maiden Test century to reach the milestone and also leapfrogged former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath who had 29 five-wicket hauls in the longest format of the game.Also Read - Not KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma; Shane Warne Admits His First Choice as India's Test Captain Would Have Been Ajinkya Rahane
New Zealand’s legend Hadlee – 36 – still has the most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket for a fast bowler while Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan has the maximum five-wicket hauls – 67 – overall in the longest format of the game. He is followed by Australian wizard Shane Warne (37), India spinner Anil Kumble is fourth in the list having taken 35 five-wicket hauls in a career spanning 18 years. Also Read - All-Night Ashes Party Leads to Joe Root, Jimmy Anderson and 3 Australia Cricketers Kicked Out of Hobart Hotel
The England pacer now has 606 wickets in the longest format of the game. Anderson is the first pacer in the history of Test cricket to scalp 600 wickets and is also the fourth-highest wicket-taker. The 38-year-old is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708), and Anil Kumble (619). Also Read - James Anderson And Stuart Broad Have Still Got A Lot To Offer: Allan Donald
Meanwhile, in the ongoing second Test, Anderson and Mark Wood snatched the advantage Sri Lanka had gained on the back of Angelo Mathews’ century. But the hosts have at least held onto the game after being two down for seven runs on Friday.
On day one, Lahiru Thirimanne’s 43, skipper Dinesh Chadimal’s half-century, and Mathews gutsy unbeaten ton revived Sri Lanka after the hosts had lost two wickets in the first five overs.
In the first session of day two, after losing early wickets, Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera came together to put on an unbeaten 70-run partnership for the 7th wicket and drove Sri Lanka past the 300-run mark.