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Anderson 600

James Anderson becomes first fast bowler to 600 Test wickets

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England fast bowler James Anderson dismissed Pakistan's Azhar Ali to become only the fourth bowler to reach 600 Test wickets.

Anderson, who made his Test debut in 2003, broke new ground when he had Azhar caught at slip. Already the most prolific fast bowler of all time, he became the first to reach 600 Test wickets.

That the milestone came in a match where Anderson has performed outstandingly well makes the occasion that much sweeter. He picked up each of the first four Pakistan wickets to fall in the first innings, finishing with 5/56 as he put his mastery of swing bowling and relentless accuracy to good use.

He finally reached the mark with his second wicket in Pakistan's second innings, on the fifth afternoon.

Bowler Matches Wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan 133 800
Shane Warne 145 708
Anil Kumble 132 619
James Anderson 156 600
Glenn McGrath 124 563

At 38, an age when most fast bowlers have hung up their boots, Anderson has kept on improving. He averages just 21 in the last five years in contrast to a career average of 26.77.

Anderson, who has 29 Test five-fors, has repeatedly stated that he wishes to continue playing until the 2021-22 Ashes in Australia and will look to carry on adding to his tally.

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