Teams Played For
England, Lancashire, England Cricket Board XI
Arguably, the best red-ball bowler produced in world cricket, James Anderson is the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket presently, amongst seamers.
The Lancashire-cricketer has set high standards when it comes to skills and longevity, since making his ODI debut in 2002 against Australia at Melbourne.
Anderson soon made his mark in the longest format, after receiving his maiden Test cap during the Zimbabwe series in 2003. Since then, he had been a regular feature for England in all formats of the game.
He soon became the most successful bowler in Test cricket for England after surpassing Ian Botham’s tally of 383 wickets. Then, he went on to become the first English bowler to take 500 Test wickets, after dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite during the 2017 series against West Indies.
A year later, Anderson registered his name in the history books as he castled Mohammed Shami to scalp his 564th Test wicket and overhauling Glenn McGrath’s tally. Thereby, becoming the most successful seamer in the history of the game.
During the game against Pakistan at Southampton in 2020, Anderson went on to create a benchmark for himself by scalping his 600th Test victim.
His tally of 156 appearances for ‘The Three Lions’ is the second-most by any Englishman, only behind Alastair Cook’s tally of 161 games. (As of January 2021).
Overall in Tests, Anderson has an enviable average of 26.78 and a strike-rate of 56.2. With as many as 27 five-wicket hauls, he holds the record of second-most fifers in Test cricket amongst seamers after McGrath.
Together with Stuart Board, ‘Jimmy’ has forged a daunting alliance, especially in the overcast condition at home, with the new ball. The Broad-Anderson duo have 1100+ wickets among themselves. Thereby, proving to be the best new-ball partners in the history of Test cricket.
The Burnley-born also showcased his skills in white-ball cricket, with his economical bowling with the new ball. But, Anderson’s lines and lengths were found out when it came to death bowling in the limited-overs format.
Anderson boasts a magnificent tally of 269 wickets in 191 games for England in ODI cricket, with an impressive economy of 4.95, with the best figures of 5/23 and an average of 29.22.
Across all formats, Anderson has picked up a whopping 887 wickets, which is the sixth-best