England's James Anderson Becomes Most Successful Seamer In Test Cricket

| September 12 , 2018 , 16:51 IST

England's pace charger and Vice-captain James Anderson on Tuesday became the highest wicket-taker among the fast bowlers in the history of Test cricket on the fifth and final day of the five-match series against India at The Oval.

The English fast bowler achieved the milestone when he took the wicket of Mohammed Shami and surpassed Australian great Glenn McGrath’s haul of 563 wickets.

The list of highest wicket-takers in Tests, however, is led by spinners Muttiah Muralitharan with 800 wickets, Shane Warne (708 wickets) and Anil Kumble (609 wickets) which places Anderson as fourth in the all-time list.

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Anderson managed to scalp 564 wickets in 143 Tests (267 innings) which include 26 fifers and three 10-wicket hauls. His best inning figures are of 7/42 against West Indies which came in last year when he also brought up 500 wickets. However, his best figures in a Test are of 11/71 against Pakistan in 2010.

After picking up the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara in one over, Anderson had equalled McGrath’s tally on the fourth day of the India Test. His thundering spell as India chase 464 runs had put the visitors in a difficult position.

Speaking to media, England's highest run scorer Alastair Cook at the close of play said, "I have been there for a fair few of Jimmy’s milestones but to do it together tomorrow would be special."