London: James Anderson on Friday became the sixth bowler to pick 500 or more wickets in Test cricket. The England fast bowler achieved the feat after he dismantled the stumps behind West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite during the second innings of their third and final match of the series at Lord’s. He is the first England bowler to achieve the feat.
Moreover, the right-hand bowler also became the third seamer to enter the tally. The record of the highest number of wickets in longest format is held by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan who has 800 dismissals to his name. He is followed by Shane Warner (708), Anil Kumble (619), Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (519).
Anderson began his Test career in 2003 against Zimbabwe at the same venue and returned with a fifer in the very first innings that he bowled in. He so far has 23 five-wicket hauls and three 10-fer to his name in 129 matches that he has played and has best bowling figures of 7/43 in an innings and 11/71 in a match.
Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the Test record with 800 wickets, with Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne on 708 and India leg-spinner Anil Kumble on 619.
Anderson's 501 wickets have come at an average of less than 28.
Anderson, who made his debut at Lord's in 2003, is playing his 129th Test.
In 2015, he surpassed Sir Ian Botham's long-standing England record of 383 Test wickets in his 100th Test, also against West Indies.
Team-mate Stuart Broad, who has 387, is the next most prolific wicket-taker for England.