Fast bowler James Anderson has created history in the second Test match of the three-match series being played between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. On the fourth day of the match, Anderson touched the figure of 650 Test wickets by clean bowling New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tom Latham. Before him, no fast bowler in the world has been able to achieve this feat in Test cricket. Not only this, there are only two bowlers ahead of him in the highest wicket-takers. Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.
The way 39-year-old James Anderson is bowling, it looks like he can play for another three-four years to come and if that happens then the day is not far when he becomes the top wicket-taker in Test cricket. I will leave Shane Warne behind. Muralitharan has the most wickets in Test cricket, who has taken 800 wickets in 133 Test matches. At the same time, Shane Warne is at the second position in this list with 708 wickets in 145 Test matches.
Anderson took three wickets in the first innings, while Latham was sent to the pavilion in the second innings. This is the 171st Test match of Anderson’s career. Glenn McGrath of Australia is at number two in terms of taking the most Test wickets among fast bowlers, who has taken 563 wickets.