ENG vs NZ: James Anderson all set to break another record in Test cricket – One of the best fast bowlers in the current generation, England’s James Anderson is all set to add yet another feather in his illustrious cap as he will join Sir Alastair Cook to becomes England’s joint most-capped cricketer in Test cricket. The First Test of New Zealand’s tour of England will be Anderson’s 161st Test match. Former England captain Cook also featured in 161 Tests.
James Anderson in Test: The first Test of the ENG vs NZ series will be played at Lord’s from June 2, where Anderson has over 100 wickets in the longest format of the game.
Let’s have a look at players who played most matches for England in Test:
- Sir Alastair Cook (161 caps)
- James Anderson (160)
- Stuart Broad (146)
- Alec Stewart (133)
- Graham Gooch and Ian Bell (118)
James Anderson in Test: With this record under his belt, there are only six cricketers above Anderson who have played more Tests than him. India’s Sachin Tendulkar is at the top with 200 Tests while former Australia captains Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting share second place on 168 Tests and Jacques Kallis is at third with 166 Tests. With 164 apiece for Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Rahul Dravid are at fourth.
Anderson’s Test Career
James Anderson in Test: The right-arm fast swing bowler, Anderson made his international debut at the end of 2002 during England’s winter tour of Australia, then played his first Test match against Zimbabwe when the overseas side visited England the following summer. Anderson is the first English bowler to reach 400, 500 and 600 wickets in Test matches. In August 2020, Anderson became the first fast bowler to reach 600 Test wickets and in November 2020, Anderson was nominated for the ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade award.