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James Anderson becomes first pacer to the landmark of 600 Test wickets

England pacer James Anderson on Tuesday became the first fast bowler in the history of Test cricket to reach the landmark of 600 Test wickets.

The 38-year-old, who started the third Test with 593 wickets to his name, dismissed Pakistani batsman Azhar Ali on Day 5 of the match to reach the much awaited milestone.

Anderson is now fourth on the list of players with most wickets in Tests. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (793) and Anil Kumble (619) have taken more wickets in Tests than the English speedster.

He also went passed Australian legend Glenn McGrath’s record of 563 Test wickets, which used to be the most among fast bowlers for a while, in 2018.

Although Anderson (156) is the slowest to reach the milestone in terms of matches taken, he is the second quickest to the landmark in terms of balls taken.

Anderson finished with match figures of 7/101, which included a five-wicket haul in the first innings as well, as the match between England and Pakistan ended in a draw.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Anderson’s retirement from international cricket of late. But the pacer has made it quite clear that he has no plan of retiring in the near future. His new target would be to go past Anil Kumble, who sits 19 scalps ahead of him in the list of most wickets in Tests.

Prasenjit Dey is freelance cricket journalist based out of Kolkata, India. Cricket runs through his veins and writing has always been his passion. He is now a part of both worlds, trying to make a difference by writing on the nitty-gritty of the game.

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