Jimmy Anderson Sets More Records

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Jimmy Anderson Sets More Records

England pace bowler Jimmy Anderson continues to set records.

He took 6/40 in the Sri Lankan first innings in the Second Test in Galle, and now has 606 test wickets in all. Already fourth on the all-time list, Anderson is closing in on Anil Kumbles career total of 619 test wickets, and has every chance of surpassing him, either in the forthcoming series in India, or when the Indians visit England in the summer to play the reverse series.

And all this at an age when most players have hung up their spikes. Anderson will turn 39 in the summer.

Anderson also set two more records in his latest bowling spell. He is now the oldest seam bowler to take five wickets in a test series in Asia, beating the previous landmark set by Sir Richard Hadlee who was 37 years old when he achieved the feat. He incidentally has become only the seventh fast bowler to claim five or more wickets in Sri Lanka.

He has also now overtaken the record of Frank Woolley who played test cricket for England between 1909 and 1934. It was 17 years, 5 months, and 13 days between his first and last five wickets in an innings, but Anderson has now gone beyond that.

In terms of wickets taken, Anderson is already the most successful fast bowler ever, with his total already exceeding that of Australias Glenn McGrath who took 563 test wickets and Courtney Walsh who ended with 519.

Walshs record is likely soon to be overhauled by Andersons teammate Stuart Broad, who is currently on 517 and is the only man still playing the game with a realistic chance of joining the exclusive 600 club.

Spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne still lead the all-time list with 800 and 708 test wickets respectively and their record are unlikely ever to be surpassed.

The simple fact is that test cricket is not as popular as it once was, and that fans, especially younger supporters, prefer the shorter formats of the game. There is just less opportunity for players in test cricket than there once were, so the likes of Anderson can retire knowing that their milestones will remain forever in the history books.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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