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England Pacer James Anderson Becomes First Fast Bowler To Take 600 Test Wickets

England fast-bowler James Anderson became the 1st fast-bowler to take 600 wickets in Test Matches. Anderson won the award by taking the wicket of captain Azhar Ali against the 156th Test against Pakistan. Anderson took 600 wickets at an average of 26 in his career. Thirty-eight-year-old James Anderson is the fourth most successful bowler in Tests. Only three spinners Muralidharan, Shane Warren and Anil Kumble only have 600 Plus Test Wickets. Murali Dharan is the only bowler to take 800 Test wickets, with legendary Australian League sniper Shane Warren being a member of 700 clubs along with Muralidharan.The England pace spearhead achieved the incredible feat in the ongoing third and final Test against Pakistan in Southampton.

Overall, James Anderson became the fourth bowler to breach the 600-wicket mark in the longest format of the game. Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is the all-time leading wicket-taker with a staggering 800 wickets to his name. He is followed by Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619).

James Anderson and his bowling partner Stuart Broad are the only two active players who feature in the top ten of leading wicket-takers in Tests.

Here is the list showing the top ten all-time wicket-takers in Tests:

Player Matches Wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan 133 800
Shane Warne 145 708
Anil Kumble 132 619
James Anderson 156* 600
Glenn McGrath 124 563
Courtney Walsh 132 519
Stuart Broad 143* 514
Dale Steyn 93 439
Kapil Dev 131 434
Rangana Herath 93 433

Meanwhile, Pakistan, while following on, were reeling at 119 for 3 at the time of writing this report. Trailing by 191 runs, they need to bat for more than 30 overs to save the Test. The visitors are trailing the three-match series 1-0.


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