ENG vs NZ: James Anderson Becomes First Pacer to complete 650 Wickets in Tests
ENG vs NZ: On Day 4 of the second Test against New Zealand in Nottingham, England’s James Anderson took his 650th Test wicket. The English veteran became the first pacer to do so. He clean bowled New Zealand stand-in skipper Tom Latham in the first over of Day 3 of the ongoing second Test match in Nottingham to accomplish the feat. Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka leads the list with 800 Test wickets, followed by Shane Warne of Australia with 708. For more new betting sites in India and match updates for the 2022 season, read here.
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Former Indian captain Anil Kumble ranks fourth on this list with 619 wickets. Glenn McGrath is fifth on this list with 563 wickets, but another English veteran, Stuart Broad, is closing in on him with 543 wickets. With no fitness issues, Anderson is in no hurry to slow down, and it is reasonable to expect him to surpass Warne’s tally of 700 Test wickets.
ENG vs NZ: Anderson made his comeback to the English Test side with this series
Talk about aging like ‘fine wine’ and there is no better than Anderson. Notably, the 39-year-old pacer made his comeback with this series after being dropped from the West Indies tour earlier this year. England lost the series 0-1 and underwent major changes in the red-ball team, with all-rounder Ben Stokes taking over as captain and Brendon McCullum replacing head coach Chris Silverwood.
After taking over the charge, Stokes straightaway expressed his desire to bring back Andrson and his partner-in-crime Broad into the Test setup. Anderson and Broad decimated the Kiwi batters with 10 wickets between them, thus helping the three lions to an incredible win at Lord’s. It is England’s only second win in 18 Tests.
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Regarding the match, New Zealand took a 14-run first-innings lead after England scored 539 runs in response to the visitors’ score of 553. Joe Root scored his 27th Test century for the hosts, continuing his fine run of form, while Ollie Pope also scored a century. Earlier, Daryl Mitchell had hit his second consecutive century for the visitors. Wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell also reached the three-figure mark after missing out in the 1st Test.