James Anderson becomes first pacer to scalp 600 wickets in Test cricket

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SOUTHAMPTON: England’s James Anderson on Tuesday became the first pacer in the history of Test cricket to scalp 600 wickets. Anderson achieved the feat against Pakistan on the fifth and final day of the ongoing third Test of the three-match series at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The 38-year-old reached the mark of 600 wickets after taking the wickets of Abid Ali and Azhar Ali in the second innings. Anderson is currently the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the longest format of the game.

James Anderson

The 38-year-old is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708), and Anil Kumble (619). The ace swing bowler had taken five wickets in the first innings of the ongoing Test against Pakistan.

Anderson is only the highest wicket-taker for England in the longest format of the game. The pacer’s partner-in-crime Stuart Broad is the second-highest wicket-taker for England in Test cricket.

In the series against West Indies, Anderson had played two matches, managing to take five wickets. On the other hand, in the first two Tests against Pakistan, Anderson had managed to take three wickets.

The England pacer is also just a few matches away from becoming the most capped Test player for the Three Lions. Currently, Alastair Cook is the most capped player for England as he played 161 Tests.

England win series

The fifth and final day of the third Test between England and Pakistan was hampered by rain as the match concluded as a draw here at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

With this, England won the three-match series 1-0. This is the first time in the last ten years that England has managed to win a Test series against Pakistan.

The final day of the match witnessed a delayed start due to rain and the first session did not see any play.

Finally, the fifth and final day started after seeing a delay of five hours.

Resuming day four at 100/2, Pakistan was given a big blow as James Anderson sent Azhar Ali (31) back to the pavilion. With this, Anderson became the first pacer in the history of Test cricket to scalp 600 wickets.

England had a 1-0 lead heading into the final match of the series after winning the first Test at Emirates Old Trafford by three wickets against Pakistan.