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'Incredible' Anderson Takes 600th Wicket As Test Ends Drawn

'Incredible' Anderson Takes 600th Wicket As Test Ends Drawn Photo: TT
England's Jimmy Anderson (left) celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Asad Shafiq during day three of the Third Test match at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Jimmy Anderson provided the highlight on the final day with his 600th wicket as the Third Test between England and Pakistan ended as a draw in Southampton on Tuesday.

Pakistan were 4-187, trailing by 123 runs, when stumps were called on the final day as England claimed a 1-0 series victory.

Youngster Zak Crawley was named Player of the Match for his first innings 267 as England amassed 8-583 declared, before Pakistan stumbled to 273 in reply, with captain Azhar Ali providing the only rearguard with 141no.

However, it was Anderson who stole the show after taking a five-wicket haul in the first innings, before dismissing Ali for 31 in the second to claim his 600th Test wicket.

Anderson joins only three other cricketers to reach the 600-wicket mark in Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble and he’s showing no signs of slowing down despite being 38.

“To be honest I’ve chatted to Rooty about this a little bit and he has said he would like me to be in Australia (for the 2021-22 Ashes),” Anderson said.

“I don’t see any reason why I can’t be. I’m working hard on my fitness all the time, working hard on my game and I feel I’ve still got stuff to offer this team.

“As long as I still feel like that I’ll keep going. There will be decisions along the way with the selectors, the coach and the captain around how the team moves forward but as long as they want me around I’ll keep working hard and try to prove I’m good enough to play in this team.

“There are still series ahead of us and Test matches to win and that’s all I’m really interested in. I still love turning up every day at training, putting in the hard yards and being in the dressing room with the lads trying to forge a win for England.

“That’s all I’ve really ever bothered about and what Ill keep trying to do. I don’t think I’ve won my last Test matches as an England cricketer yet.”

Anderson thankfully reached the 600-mark before stumps when Ali knicked to skipper Joe Root at first slip. If Anderson hadn’t have taken the wicket, he may have been stuck on 599 until next year with England’s next Test fixture unclear.

“It’s incredible what he’s done so far in the game and he’s much more than just the wickets that you see on the field,” Root said.

“He’s a brilliant senior player, adds a lot to the dressing room and with the young bowlers as well.”

Ben somerford
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