James Anderson became the sixth bowler in Test cricket to take 500 wickets with the dismissal of Kraigg Brathwaite. © AFP

James Anderson became the sixth bowler in Test cricket to take 500 wickets with the dismissal of Kraigg Brathwaite. © AFP

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)

Player M Overs Wkts Avg BBI BBM SR 5WI/10WM
Muttiah Muralitharan 133 7339.5 800 22.72 9-51 16-220 55.0 67/22
Shane Warne 145 6784.1 708 25.41 8-71 12-128 57.4 37/10
Anil Kumble 132 6808.2 619 29.65 10-74 14-149 65.9 35/8
Glenn McGrath 124 4874.4 563 21.64 8-24 10-27 51.9 29/3
Courtney Walsh 132 5003.1 519 24.44 7-37 13-55 57.8 22/3
James Anderson* 129 4691.4 500 27.63 7-43 11-71 56.3 23/3

* At the time of reaching the milestone

Anderson’s home/away record

Venue M Overs Wkts Avg BBI BBM SR 5WI/10WM
Home 76 2793.4 329 24.61 7-43 11-71 50.9 19/3
Away 47 1682 149 35.36 6-42 8-161 67.7 4/0
Neutral 6 216 22 20.54 4-17 6-69 58.9 0/0

Three phases of Anderson’s career

Span M Wkts Avg SR 5WI/10WM
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.