LONDON: England veteran pacer James Anderson is on the verge of a crucial start to the Test series against New Zealand. Andersen has the golden opportunity to become the third highest wicket – taker. The England-New Zealand series starts on Wednesday.
Anderson currently has 614 wickets in his account. With six more wickets to go, Anderson will be able to push Kumble to fourth. The legendary Indian spinner has taken 619 wickets. Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muraleedharan topped the list with 800 wickets. Former Australia spinner Shane Warne is second with 708 wickets.
With the first match, Anderson will hold the record for most Test appearances for England. Anderson has played 160 Tests. Former captain Alastair Cook, who has played 161 Tests, is the first. With eight more wickets to go, he will be able to cross the 1,000-wicket mark in first-class cricket.
Anderson made his debut at Lord’s against Zimbabwe 18 years ago. The first Test against New Zealand is also at Lord’s. Anderson took 103 wickets at Lord’s alone. He has taken five wickets in six innings.
Last Updated May 31, 2021, 5:48 PM IST