James Anderson Became the World’s First Fast Bowler to Take 600 Test Wickets

James Anderson Became the World's First Fast Bowler to Take 600 Test Wickets
  • Till now Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble have taken more than 600 wickets, all three are spin bowlers.

England’s 38-year veteran fast bowler James Anderson made history on the fifth day of the rain-affected Southampton Test. During the third and final Test of the Test series against Pakistan, on Tuesday he completed 600 wickets of his Test career. With this, he became the first fast bowler to complete 600 wickets in Test history.

Anderson’s 600th victim became Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali. He achieved this feat in the 156th Test match. Anderson had 593 wickets before the start of the Test match. The fast bowler took 5 wickets for 56 runs in the first innings, taking his test wickets to 598.

On the fourth day of the game, he took his number of wickets to 599 with one wicket in the follow-up innings of the visiting team. Finally on Tuesday, he touched the magic figure of 600 with one more wicket. Anderson made his Test debut at Lord’s in 2003 against Zimbabwe.

Most Wickets in Test Cricket

  1. Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka 1992-2010): 133 Tests – 800 wickets
  2. Shane Warne (Australia 1992–2007): 145 Tests – 708 wickets
  3. Anil Kumble (India 1990-2008): 132 Tests – 619 wickets
  4. James Anderson (England 2003-2020): 156 * Tests – 600 * Wickets

England Lead 1-0 in Series

At the moment, England have maintained a 1-0 lead in the series. The English team defeated Pakistan by 3 wickets in the first match. At the same time, the second match was drawn due to rain. England would like to win the third match and win the series 2–0, while Pakistan would try to tie the series 1–1 by winning the match.

Both Teams:

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Shaan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah.

England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Jack Crawley, Joe Root (captain), Jose Butler, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Joffra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

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