Birmingham: England pacer James Anderson created history as he entered the playing XI for the second Test against New Zealand on Thursday. James Anderson is playing his 162nd Test match at Edgbaston. With this, James Anderson has become the player to play the most Test matches for England. Anderson achieved this feat, surpassing former captain Alastair Cook (161 Tests).
Fast bowler James Anderson, who spent 18 years on a 22-yard pitch, has taken 616 wickets in 162 Tests. England has become the first team in the world in which a fast bowler has played the most number of Test matches. Stuart Broad is the fastest bowler to play the most Tests for England after Anderson and Cook. Broad has played 147 Tests.
18 years. 616 wickets. 162 Tests.
Your skill, desire and sacrifice continues to amaze us all.
Our most capped Test cricketer ever. Congrats @Jimmy9 pic.twitter.com/E8cN5MUwDW
James Anderson said on his special achievement, “It has been a wonderful 18-year journey. I remember my debut clearly. I can’t believe that I have reached this far. I think growing up was very insecure. I had a lot of doubts.’ Anderson, who broke Cook’s record, said, ‘I spoke to Cook last night, he congratulated me. We have been close friends for many years and it is a shame that he is not sharing this experience. I think my career has been because of long luck and body support under pressure.’
He said, ‘I didn’t have the swing naturally. I have worked hard on this. I learned to bowl the inswing ball when I was 18 years old and tried a lot to get it right in the match. It took me a long time to believe my inswing.
England captain Joe Root has won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against New Zealand. When James Anderson comes to bowl, his eyes will be on a special record. Anderson has so far taken 616 Test wickets and would like to surpass former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble (619 wickets). Anderson needs three wickets to match Kumble.
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