James Anderson became the first English cricketer to take 500 wickets when he bowled Kraigg Brathwaite for four on the second evening of the third and final Test between England and Windies at Lord’s on Friday (September 8).
Anderson, who started Windies’ second innings on 499 Test wickets with England 71 runs ahead after the first-innings exchanges, reached the landmark in his 129th Test, becoming the sixth bowler overall and third paceman in history to take 500 Test wickets.
Most wickets in Test cricket (500-plus)
* At the time of reaching the milestone
Anderson’s home/away record
Three phases of Anderson’s career
|Till Dec 2009||44||148||34.85||60.7||7/0|
|Jan 2010 to Dec 2013||47||192||27.34||58.0||8/2|
|Jan 2014 onwards||38||160||21.31||50.1||8/1|
Having made his first-class debut at the age of 20, Anderson burst on to the international scene after playing just three games for his county, Lancashire, and has been a regular fixture in the England setup ever since.
He has been a part of three successful Ashes campaigns, including the 2010-11 series in Australia when he took 24 wickets at 26.04 and established his credentials as England’s leading bowler in all three formats.
Currently at No. 2 in the ICC Test bowling rankings, Anderson became England’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket when he passed Ian Botham’s mark of 383 wickets in the Caribbean in 2015.