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James Anderson joins an elite list of Test bowlers

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James Anderson has become the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets. ©Getty Images

James Anderson joined the elite list of bowlers who have picked 500 wickets in test matches during the second day of the third session at iconic Lords Stadium. He took the wicket of West Indies opener Kraigg Braithwaite for 4 runs.

England leading fast bowler in test matches has taken so far 500 wickets. He made his Test debut in 2003 and played 129 test matches so far. In his 129 test matches, James Anderson has taken 5 wickets in an innings 23 times and ten wickets in a match 3 times with best figures of 7/43 in an innings.

In helpful conditions, James Anderson becomes a lethal bowler and has the ability to take wickets with the new ball as the well old ball. The other bowlers who have taken 500 wickets or more in test matches are Muttiah Muralitharan with 800 wickets from Sri Lanka, Shane Warne 708 wickets from Australia, Anil Kumble with 619 wickets from India, Glenn McGrath with 563 wickets from Australia and Courtney Walsh with 519 wickets from England.

James Anderson has a great record against every test playing nation. He has taken 87 wickets against Australia, 09 against Bangladesh, 86 against India, 52 against New Zealand, 54 against Pakistan, 84 against South Africa, 51 against Sri Lanka, 66 against West Indies and 11 against Zimbabwe.

The experienced bowler has represented England in 194 ODI matches with 273 wickets. He last played his last ODI against Afghanistan on 13th March 2015. Courtney Walsh becomes the first fast bowler to take 500 wickets in test matches during his 129th test match, the other fast bowler to reach 500 wickets in test matches was Glenn McCgarth who took 500 wickets in 2005 Ashes test match. He became the first England bowler to take 500 wickets in test matches with next best being Stuart Broad with 387 wickets.

James Anderson has been the back bone of England bowling line up for a quite a while and will play a key role during the 2017 Ashes series to be played in Australia. Here are leading wicket takers in Test matches

Here are leading wicket takers in Test matches

  1. Muttiah Muralitharan( Sri Lanka)- 800 wickets
  2. Shane Warne (Australia)- 708 wickets
  3. Anil Kumble ( India)- 619 wickets
  4. Glenn McGrath (Australia)- 563 wickets
  5. Courtney Walsh ( West Indies)- 519 wickets
  6. James Anderson (England)- 500 wickets

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