James Anderson equals Alastair Cook’s record of 161 Test matches for England

When Anderson took field on Wednesday, June 2, he joined an elite club of Test players who have played 150 or more Tests.

Ace England pacer James Anderson on Wednesday, June 2 equaled former England captain Alastair Cook’s record of playing 161 Test matches for England. In the history of England’s Test cricket, till date, only James Anderson and Alastair Cook have played 150 or more Tests.

Anderson’s massive tally of 615 Test wickets from 161 matches is a testament to Anderson’s fitness, discipline, and above all, the love for the game. In ongoing England versus New Zealand match, Anderson dismissed New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for mere 13 runs. Williamson played on to his stumps.

England has 11 more Tests to play in this year, not counting the ongoing one. Second Test match against Kiwis. Five Tests against India in August-September. Five more of Ashes in Australia, later in the year will be an exciting contest. What’s amazing is that Anderson is the only genuine pacer in the list of players who have played the most Test matches around the world. The only player to have played more Tests than Anderson who bowled pace was South African great all-rounder Jacques Kallis with 166 Tests.

Anderson debuted versus Zimbabwe at Lord’s on May 22, 2003. In a career spanning 18 years, Anderson has 615 Test wickets, 269 ODI wickets and 18 T20 wickets to his name. A tally of mammoth 906 international wickets. Anderson has also played 194 ODI’s and 19 T20I’s for England.

“For a bowler to play this amount of games, I don’t know what the word is, but it’s a bit mind-blowing to me,” said Anderson who saw with his England teammates in the LV=Insurance launch video ‘In With Heart’ celebrating England’s cricket community as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

Anderson who is nearing 1000 wickets in first-class, said: “It’s a lot of wickets and in this day and age, I don’t know if it’s possible to get that many first-class wickets anymore. With the amount of cricket that’s played there doesn’t seem to be that longevity in bowlers and there’s loads of T20 cricket and whatever else going on around the world. I’m just happy to still be here, to be honest.

“It does make me feel proud,” he added. “I never imagined in a million years I’d get to this point. I don’t feel like I’ve played that many games. My body doesn’t feel old or tired.

“I just absolutely love Test cricket, I’ve got a huge passion for it. Growing up, all I wanted to do is play Test cricket for England and I’m honored I’ve been able to do it for this long.”

Stats Corner

Anderson has only six players, from around the world, ahead of him.

These are the ones 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

Following are England players with most Test caps

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

* – indicates active England players.

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