Anderson became the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets
England’s right-arm pacer James Anderson became the first pacer in Test cricket to reach the 600 wickets milestone. He became the fourth bowler to touch this milestone of 600 wickets.
He touched the milestone by returning Pakistan captain Azhar Ali to the dressing room on the fifth day of the third and final Test of the three-match Test series against Pakistan. He is the first fast bowler and the fourth bowler to reach that milestone. All three of them are spinners.
Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan tops the list with 600 wickets in 133 matches. Legendary Australian Shane Warne is in second place with 606 wickets in 145 matches. India’s Anil Kumble is in third place with 619 wickets in 132 matches.
Anderson made his Test debut at Lord’s in 2003 against Zimbabwe. He took his first wicket in Test cricket by returning Zimbabwe’s Mark Vermeulen for zero. Jimmy hasn’t looked back since he started at Lord’s in 2003. Since then, Anderson’s bowling prowess has increased with age.
The next place for James Anderson as a fast bowler is, of course, the legendary former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath. McGrath has long held the top spot among the pacers with 563 wickets. However, the fast bowler surpassed Glenn McGrath’s 573 wickets against India in 2016.
Anderson took 600 wickets in the 156th match of his career. Anderson took the most matches to take 600 wickets. Muralitharan took the least 101 matches. Kumble took 124 and Warne 127 matches.