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England’s James Anderson Becomes the First Pacer to scalp 600 Wickets in the History of International Test Cricket, Joins Special club alongside Warne, Muralitharan, and Kumble.

England's James Anderson Becomes the First Pacer to scalp 600 Wickets in the History of International Test Cricket, Joins Special club alongside Warne, Muralitharan, and Kumble.

England’s James Anderson Becomes the First Pacer to scalp 600 Wickets in the History of International Test Cricket, Joins Special club alongside Warne, Muralitharan, and Kumble.

England’s James Anderson Becomes the First Pacer to scalp 600 Wickets in the History of International Test Cricket, Joins Special 600 wickets club alongside Warne (708), Muralitharan (800), and Kumble (619). He made history on the final day of the home summer against Pakistan in Southampton by becoming the first fast bowler to scale the summit of 600 wickets. Having made his debut as a 20-year old against Zimbabwe at Lord’s in 2003, Anderson is the second most capped English player in the longest format with 156 caps, five behind Alastair Cook. He was part of England’s sides winning multiple Ashes contests in addition to series wins in India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. He is also England’s leading wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 269 scalps.

332 Wickets taken by Anderson in 85 Tests since turning 30 – the second-highest among fast bowler after Courtney Walsh’s 341 wickets. Anderson has averaged 23.84 in this period and has picked 17 five-wicket hauls including his career-best of 7/42. To put this in perspective, in the 71 Tests in his 20s, Anderson took 268 wickets at 30.37.

110 wickets by Anderson is the most by him against any opposition and the most by any bowler in Tests against India. Anderson also happens to be England’s leading wicket-taker against South Africa (93), West Indies (87), Pakistan (74), and Sri Lanka (52). He has been lethal against the four Asian sides at home, picking 185 wickets from 38 Tests at 20.85 at a strike rate of 46.6.

11 The number of times Anderson dismissed Peter Siddle – the most he dismissed anyone in his Test career. Siddle apart, he has dismissed 19 other batsmen six or more times – all of them being top-order batters. The batsman who had fallen to Anderson most often include Sachin Tendulkar, David Warner and Michael Clarke (nine dismissals each), as well as Jacques Kallis (7), Kumar Sangakkara (7), Kane Williamson (7), Steve Smith (6) and Graeme Smith (6).

Tom Latham has faced most balls from Anderson without getting dismissed (169 balls) while Gary Kirsten is the only batsman to hit 100+ runs off Anderson never getting out to him.

163 Opening batsmen that have fallen to Anderson – the most any bowler has dismissed openers. Of the 163, 94 fell before reaching double figures including 28 batsmen before getting off the mark. Besides dismissing Warner nine times, Anderson has also accounted for Shan Masood (eight times), Murali Vijay, and Kraig Brathwaite seven times each among the opening batsmen.

919 The duo of Anderson and Stuart Broad have picked 919 wickets in the 120 Tests the pair featured together which happens to be the most by a pair of seamers. The only pair with more wickets is 1001 scalps by Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath in 104 Tests together.

384 Wickets taken by Anderson in 89 home Tests – the second-most among all bowler and only behind Muralitharan’s 493 scalps. In 67 Tests outside England, Anderson has picked 216 wickets at 32.05.

103 wickets by Anderson at Lord’s – the only fast bowler taking 100-plus wickets at a venue in Test cricket. Anderson is also the leading wicket-taker at Trent Bridge (64), Edgbaston (44), Rosebowl (26), and Chester-Le-Street (25).

Anderson is the second quickest to get to 600 wickets, taking only six balls more than Muralitharan. He prides himself on his work ethic and fitness and said only this month that he has no plans to retire, with his sights set on an Ashes series Down Under next year.

“I still get satisfaction from putting a shift in, from bowling 25 overs a day and maybe getting two wickets at the end of the day,” the down-to-earth Anderson said.

“I still enjoy putting the yards in the nets, making those tweaks with the technique to make sure I’m in good shape going into test matches, doing the stuff in the gym. I think that’s why I keep going.”

Warne has suggested Anderson could limit his workload and extend his international career by playing only in-home test matches and rest up during away tours when he could perhaps act instead as a bowling consultant to younger teammates.

James Anderson, however, said he feels “like I can still bowl in all conditions like I’m still fit enough to play.”

“I don’t think it’s particularly fair on other guys in the team if I just rock up in England to play when conditions suit and send them off to India and Sri Lanka to do the hard yards,” he said. “I realize there’ll be times when I’ll get left out for various reasons, whether it is resting or them having a look at someone else. I will just try and keep working hard at my game and keep it at as high a level as possible, and just be ready when I’m called upon.” The 600th wicket should have come much earlier. James Anderson was dropped four times in 37 balls either side of Pakistan’s overnight change of innings between Days 3 and 4 of the final test of the series.

“I felt in great rhythm this week, as good as I have done for a number of years,” Anderson said. “It looks like we haven’t got a test match for another few months but hopefully I can keep ticking over and be fit enough and ready to go for the next test.”

He is among the rare six bowlers in the history of international cricket (all formats combined) to have more than 850 wickets to his name.

Player Span Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5W 10W
M Muralitharan (Asia/ICC/SL) 1992-2011 495 583 63132 30803 1347 9/51 16/220 22.86 2.92 46.8 77 22
SK Warne (AUS/ICC) 1992-2007 339 464 51347 25536 1001 8/71 12/128 25.51 2.98 51.2 38 10
A Kumble (Asia/INDIA) 1990-2008 403 501 55346 28767 956 10/74 14/149 30.09 3.11 57.8 37 08
GD McGrath (AUS/ICC) 1993-2007 376 493 42266 20656 949 8/24 10/27 21.76 2.93 44.5 36 03
Wasim Akram (PAK) 1984-2003 460 532 40813 21591 916 7/119 11/110 23.57 3.17 44.5 31 05
James Anderson (ENG) 2002-2020* 369 501 43751 24491 887 7/42 11/71 27.61 3.35 49.3 31 03
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