England’s pace spearhead James Anderson became the first bowler to take 300 Test wickets in England and Wales on Friday when he dismissed South African opener Deal Elgar for six at Trent Bridge.
Anderson achieved the record in the sixth delivery of ninth over when Elgar was caught by all-rounder Liam Dawson. When Elgar was dismissed South Africa’s first innings score was 18-0. Anderson is already the highest wicket taker in England cricket history as he has 471 wickets under his belt in 124 matches.
With Elgar’s wicket under his coffer, Anderson became the first bowler to claim 300 Test wickets at home soil. The paceman, who is known for his uncanny ability to bowl with swing and with sheer pace, is reckoned as one of the best bowlers of his generation.
The stylish medium pacer has been playing for England for 14 years now. In May 2003, he burst into the international cricket at the Lord’s against Zimbabwe at the age of 21.
In the very first Test of his career, Anderson claimed the wicket of Zimbabwe opener Mark Vermeulen as his first wicket of his career.
In 2014 when India toured England, Anderson dismissed Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan to become highest wicket taker at home surpassing Fred Truman. At that time Anderson has 229 wickets in England.
However, he had to wait until April 2015 to become England’s highest wicket-taker. Anderson dismissed Denesh Ramdin in Antigua to claim his 384th wicket and surpass the previous record held by Ian Botham.
Meanwhile, England are currently leading the series with 1-0 margin as they defeated South Africa by 211 in the first Test at the Lord’s. With Stuart Broad is also playing the series, England team management got rid of a headache as their key pacer Chris Woakes is nurturing injury while Ben Stokes is playing this series with a back injury.