James Anderson Becomes the First Fast Bowler to 600 Wickets in Test History

England’s premiere fast bowler James Anderson has made history at Southampton on the final day of the 3rd Test between Pakistan and England. He became the first fast bowler in Test Cricket history to get 600 wickets. His 600th Test wicket was Pakistan’s skipper Azhar Ali. He achieved this milestone when Azhar Ali edged a delivery that was pitched a fraction short of the length and moved away slightly. Pakistan’s skipper was not expecting the bounce and he edged it into the slips where Joe Root took the catch.

The greatest English fast bowler was playing his 156th Test match. He took his 29th five-wicket haul in the first inning as well. He is currently standing at 4th place on test cricket’s all-time list. India Anil Kumble is at number 3 with 619 wickets and the legendary leg spinner Shane Warne is at number 2 with 708 wickets. At the top if the ladder is Sri Lanka’s magician Muttiah Muralitharan with 800 wickets. Anderson on his debut against Zimbabwe in 2003 took a five-for and after that he went on to become the spearhead of the English attack.

What are your thoughts about James Anderson as a fast bowler? Will he cross Anil Kumble’s record of 619 wickets and become the third most wicket taker in Test cricket? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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