James Anderson to become first pacer ever to reach 600 Test wickets milestone

James Anderson, who is just two scalps short of his landmark 600 Test wickets will become the first-ever quick bowler to achieve the feat in the ongoing England vs Pakistan 3rd Test in Southampton. No other quick bowler has achieved the feat.

The only other bowlers to have reached the milestone are all spinners-Muralitharan (800 wickets), Shane Warne (708 wickets), Anil Kumble (619 wickets).

The 38-year-old England quick, who started the third Test at 593 wickets scripted a 5-wicket haul to take his tally to 598 wickets. Just shy of his historic achievement, Anderson completed his 29th 5-wicket haul to bundle out Pakistan for 273 and ensuring a follow on for the visitors.

In the process, the England pacer also became the joint second highest bowler to claim 29 five-wicket haul in Test alongside Australian legend Glenn McGrath. The only other bowler who has got more five-ers is Kiwi legend Richard Hadlee at 36.

In the interim, Pakistan are being enforced follow on and will begin their second innings on Day 4, trailing by 310 runs. Azhar Ali, who has scored an unbeaten 141, led the resistance in the first innings, which ended at 273, with James Anderson picking up five wickets. At the start of the second innings, Pakistan trailed England by a further 310 runs, before stumps were drawn due to insufficient light.