The third test occurred in Southampton among Pakistan and England saw the history being made. James Anderson, a head right-arm quick medium bowler, turned into the unparalleled pacer worldwide to step through 600 wickets in test matches. The last day of the third test saw the rage of downpour gid, however, that didn't prevent Anderson from accomplishing this feet.
The fifth day began with the play but was stopped due to heavy rains. Finally, the day was called off by both the teams but not before Anderson took the wicket of Pakistan’s skipper, Azhar Ali, and became only the fourth player to enter the elite club of 600+ wickets in tests. To date, Jimmy has played 156 matches in a long career spanning over 17 long years.
The Beginning of an Era
Anderson is the top wicket-taker for England’s national team followed by Stuart Broad. He made his test debut for England in 2003 against Zimbabwe and took a five-wicket haul to give a glaring start to his career. Early international matches were much in favor of Anderson due to his injuries and the fierce competition in England’s bowling line-up. Bur after the 2008 season, Anderson became the leader of England bowling attack. He became fastest to take 400, 500, and 600 wickets for England. Anderson surpassed the great Glenn McGrath (563 test wickets) and registered his name in the list of all-time greats.
Jimmy is praised for his control over the ball. He can swing the ball in either direction making his deliveries lethal in test cricket. At times when bowlers found it hard to benefit from pitch conditions, Anderson used his pace and swing to find extra bounce and movement to trouble the batsmen. This has made him the best England bowler of all time.
Congratulations pouring from all over the world
In 2016, Anderson became the only player to take 50 wickets against all other test playing teams. He played against almost all the great players of this century and gets respect from all. Glen Mcgrath took to twitter to congratulate Anderson. He compared him to the great Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar by saying that, like Sachin has set the bar high for all batsmen around the world, James has set the bar very high for all fast-bowlers across the globe. Glenn also praised the fitness level of 39 years old who has played 156 tests. Players like Yuvraj Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Michael Vaughan, Shane Warne congratulated Anderson for his remarkable test achievement.
James Anderson is called as the G.O.A.T (greatest of all time). Anderson has many records in his name, which are not easy to break. He is still looking to make more. He bowled the maximum deliveries in test cricket in the whole world. Jimmy and Stuart Broad are remembered to be the last of their kind. Their careers spanning over 15 years due to restriction play in one format. He is aiming for 2021-22 Ashes to regain the title.