Happy birthday James Anderson: A look at his unbreakable records
Veteran England fast bowler James Anderson turned 37 on Tuesday. The right-arm pacer is one of the most successful bowlers in the history of Test cricket. Even today, the 'Swing King' Anderson remains England's most trusted asset with the new ball in the longest format of the game. On his birthday, we look at the senior pacer's unbreakable records.
A look at Anderson's career stats
Anderson has picked up a staggering 575 wickets in 148 Test matches for England at an average of 26.93. The senior pacer has also picked up 269 ODI scalps in 194 ODIs at an average of 29.22.
Anderson's tally in Tests a rare feat
Anderson's tally of 575 wickets, for England, is something that could stay on for a very long time. He is set to add to that in the upcoming Ashes. The right-arm pacer has the most Test scalps by a pacer in the history of the game. He had surpassed former Aussie legend Glenn McGrath (563) in terms of the most scalps by a pacer.
Anderson holds these two records
He is the first English pacer to claim 500-plus wickets in Test cricket and could keep this record intact for a long time. On July 25, 2016, Anderson became the first ever pacer to claim 50 wickets against all other seven major Test nations (Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies). He achieved it against Pakistan in Old Trafford.
Anderson scripted these special ODI records
Anderson's 269 scalps in ODIs is the best ever tally by an Englishman. At the moment, current senior England players Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes have 143 and 142 wickets respectively. In 2003, he became the first England pacer to take a hat-trick in ODIs. He achieved the feat against Pakistan at The Oval after dismissing Abdul Razzak, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami.
Some other special feats of Anderson
His best Test series was during India's tour of England in 2014. He claimed 25 wickets at 20.60. Meanwhile, Anderson also secured a place on the famous Lord's honors board on Test debut, taking 5-73 against Zimbabwe.
Can Anderson reach a special milestone?
5️⃣7️⃣5️⃣ Test wickets to his name – will James Anderson reach 6️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ during the Ashes? pic.twitter.com/ob4b5tfcIf— ICC (@ICC) July 29, 2019