James Anderson becomes first pacer in history with 600 Test wickets

The English cricketer broke the record on Tuesday with the dismissal of Pakistan's captain, Azhar Ali. Here's a look at his career highlights

Kunal Purandare
Published: Aug 26, 2020 07:13:18 PM IST
Updated: Aug 27, 2020 12:51:20 PM IST

I am Senior Assistant Editor with the Forbes India magazine in Mumbai. A journalist for over a decade, I am also the author of Ramakant Achrekar: Master Blaster’s Master, a biography of the great cricket coach, and Vinod Kambli: The Lost Hero, a biography of the former India cricketer. Apart from my love for news and writing, I am passionate about cricket, movies and music

It took 156 Test matches for James Anderson to reach his 600-wicket record, a landmark he achieved by dismissing Pakistan’s captain Azhar Ali during the third Test on Tuesday. 

He is now the fourth-highest wicket-taker in Tests. The three bowlers with more wickets than him are all spinners—Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets in 133 Tests), Australia’s Shane Warne (708 wickets in 145 Tests) and India’s Anil Kumble (619 wickets in 132 Tests).

The next pacer after Anderson in the record books is retired Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, with 563 Test wickets. Among current players, Anderson's teammate Stuart Broad holds the second highest number of Test wickets, at 514. 

At 434, former India captain Kapil Dev’s Test wickets tally is the most by an Indian pacer. He then went past the record held by New Zealand’s Sir Richard Hadlee, who was the first cricketer to take 400 Test wickets.

Here's a look at James Anderson's career milestones, in numbers.

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