Eng vs NZ: James Anderson takes over Alastair Cook to become England’s most capped Test player

The English bowling machine is eyeing Anil Kumble’s tally of 619 Test wickets

Ace England pacer James Anderson on Thursday, June 10 became England’s most Test capped player, surpassing his friend and former England captain Alastair Cook. In the history of England’s Test cricket, only James Anderson and Alastair Cook have played 150 or more Tests.

Anderson’s massive tally of 616 Test wickets from 162 matches is a testament to Anderson’s fitness, discipline, and above all, the love for the game. Anderson debuted versus Zimbabwe at Lord’s on May 22, 2003. In a career spanning 18 years, Anderson has 616 Test wickets, 269 ODI wickets, and 18 T20 wickets to his name. A tally of mammoth 907 international wickets.

Anderson has 194 ODIs and 19 Twenty20’s to his name. 375 matches for England, combined, is itself a record for England. Anderson is on the cusp of moving ahead of Indian legend spinner Anil Kumble’s tally of 619 Test wickets. Anderson has a long and successful career of 18 years. Anderson has played under six captains so far.

“I thought I wasn’t good enough,” Anderson recalled his first Test way back in 2003. “My first ball was a no-ball so there were a lot of nerves there and I did feel like this was maybe a step too far for me at that point.”

“No disrespect to Zimbabwe but playing against teams like South Africa and Australia and India — once you put in performances against the top teams in the world, that’s when you can feel like you can perform at that level.”

“I’m proud of the fact that I’ve overcome little hurdles throughout my career and they’ve made me stronger. That stress fracture was probably a godsend. It made me go back to my old action and since then I’ve felt comfortable and got more consistent.”

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been rested as he rests an elbow injury hoping of being fit for next week’s inaugural World Test Championship final against India at Southampton, Tom Latham will captain New Zealand. Also, BJ Watling was replaced by Tom Blundell who has played 10 Test for New Zealand until today’s Test match.

Stats Corner

Anderson has only six players, from around the world, ahead of him. These are the one who has played the most Test matches for their respective countries.

1. Sachin Tendulkar, India – 200 Tests
2. Ricky Ponting, Australia – 168 Tests
3. Steve Waugh, Australia – 168 Tests
4. Jacques Kallis, South Africa – 166 Tests
5. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies – 164 Tests
6. Rahul Dravid, India – 164 Tests

England players with most Test caps

1. James Anderson – 162*
2. Alastair Cook – 161
3. Stuart Broad – 147*
4. Alec Stewart – 133
5. Ian Bell – 118

* – indicates active England players.

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