James Anderson became the first fast bowler to 600 Test wickets on Tuesday, 25 August, when he dismissed Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali on day 5 of the third Test against Pakistan.
A month after Stuart Broad reached 500 Test wickets, his partner for long, James Anderson went a step further to become the first ever pace bowler to 600 Test wickets. Only three other bowlers, all of whom are spinners – Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble – have more than 600 wickets in the longest format of the game. Anderson is only behind Muralitharan in terms of balls taken to get to 600 wickets. His incredible feat came in for special praise from teammates, opponents and former cricketers.
Incredible 600 by @jimmy9 . What an amazing achievement. Playing 156 Test Matches for a medium fast bowler is no less achievement. Cheers mate. #JamesAnderson #600TestWickets #England pic.twitter.com/dVFMqPvuwA— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 25, 2020
Well done james Anderson @jimmy9 .. this milestone is just greatness ..156 test matches as fast bowler is just unthinkable..u will make every young fast bowler believe that greatness is achievable .@bcci @ECB_cricket— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 25, 2020
Champion bowler James Anderson! Congrats on reaching the first-ever 600 wickets for a fast bowler.. hard work, passion and never-day-die approach have been the hallmark of your career.. doyen of fast bowlers, best wishes for the rest of your career @jimmy9— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) August 25, 2020
Absolutely magnificent @jimmy9— Darren Gough (@DGoughie) August 25, 2020
What an achievement, next target is 650 🚀🙏🍾
Congratulations @jimmy9 on your 600 wickets! Massive effort from a great fast bowler. Welcome to the club 👍🏼— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 25, 2020
Just take a moment to appreciate how good Jimmy is 🏏— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) August 25, 2020
600! You’re amazing bro! @jimmy9 #600
Congratulations @jimmy9 on your unbelievable achievement of 6️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Test Wickets!— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) August 26, 2020
That’s a lot of long hot days in the sun, warm ups, injuries, setbacks and frustration, but it’s all worth in in the end. 7️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ on the cards Well done mate 👊🏻@ECB_cricket @TheBarmyArmy #respect
The disappointment of getting out was tempered for Azhar Ali, who found the time to appreciate Anderson's achievement.
@jimmy9 it’s always challenging facing u but many congratulations on a historic achievement I was sad getting out yestrday but once I realised it’s your 600th test wicket I was happy for a bowler who is a great role model for youngsters around the world.stay blessed @ECB_cricket— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) August 26, 2020
Batsmen hailed him as one of the best they have ever faced. His former teammates were also in awe at the outstanding achievement.
Congratulations @jimmy9 for this outstanding achievement of 600 wickets. Definitely one of the best bowlers I've faced.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 25, 2020
For a fast-bowler to play 156 test matches is an incredible achievement, a testament of his endurance. And becoming the first fast bowler to 600 test wickets is a just reward for the hard-work & the passion with which @jimmy9 has played his cricket. Many congratulations #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/RGOdReZXuL— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 25, 2020
Remarkable achievement to play 156 Tests as a Batsman .. To do it as a quick bowler & then achieve 600 wickets is nothing short of extraordinary .. Well done @jimmy9 .. England’s greatest ever bowler .. #TestCricket— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 25, 2020
Congratulations @jimmy9 Astonishing feat...onwards to 700! 😉 #600— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) August 25, 2020
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