James Anderson becomes first fast bowler to take 600 wickets in Test match

England paceman James Anderson became the first fast bowler to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket before the third and final Test against Pakistan finished as a draw, leaving the home side to celebrate a second series victory of the pandemic-disrupted summer.

Less than two hours of cricket were played on a rain-affected day five, with England taking just two of the eight wickets needed to win the match at the Rose Bowl after Pakistan resumed on 2-100 and trailing by 210 runs.

The big consolation was Anderson took one of them, removing Pakistan captain Azhar Ali to join retired spinners Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble in the “600 club” in Tests.

Muralitharan (800), Warne (708) and Kumble (619) remain above Anderson on the all-time list of wicket-takers.

“It feels amazing,” said Anderson, a 38-year-old seamer who was playing in his 156th Test.

“I just absolutely love it. There is no better feeling for me than putting the boots on and doing what I love doing.”

The paceman was the first English bowler to 500 Test wickets a year earlier when he bowled West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite – who also became Stuart Broad’s 500th Test wicket earlier this summer.

James Anderson’s Stats Over a Period of Time

Matches Wickets Average 5WI
2003 – 2009 44 148 34.85 7
2010 – 2013 47 192 27.34 8
2014 Onwards 65 259 21.78 13

Stat Before Picking His 600th Wicket in Test Match

Stats of Fast Bowlers To Took Most Wickets in Test After Turning 30 Years:

Matches Wickets
C Walsh 81 341
J Anderson 85 331
G McGrath 65 287
R Hadlee 51 276
A Donald 47 216

Most Wickets By a Pacer in Test After Turning 30 Years

Anderson’s Milestone Wickets

1. Mark Vermeulen, Zimbabwe
50. MS Dhoni, India
100. Jacques Kallis, South Africa
150. Graeme Smith, South Africa
200. Peter Siddle, Australia
250. Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka
300. Peter Fulton, New Zealand
350. Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka
400. Martin Guptill, New Zealand
500. Kraigg Brathwaite, West Indies
600: Azhar Ali, Pakistan

Anderson reached the milestone in his 156th Test match, over 17 years after he took his first wicket by bowling Zimbabwe batsman Mark Vermeulen on his Test debut at Lord’s in May 2003.

Top 10 Highest Wicket Takers of All Time:

Player Mat Inns Wkts Ave SR 5 10
M Muralitharan (ICC/SL) 133 230 800 22.72 55 67 22
SK Warne (AUS) 145 273 708 25.41 57.4 37 10
A Kumble (INDIA) 132 236 619 29.65 65.9 35 8
JM Anderson (ENG) 156* 291 600 26.76 56.2 29 3
GD McGrath (AUS) 124 243 563 21.64 51.9 29 3
CA Walsh (WI) 132 242 519 24.44 57.8 22 3
SCJ Broad (ENG) 143* 263 514 27.64 56.3 18 3
DW Steyn (SA) 93 171 439 22.95 42.3 26 5
N Kapil Dev (INDIA) 131 227 434 29.64 63.9 23 2
R Herath (SL) 93 170 433 28.07 60 34 9

 

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