Lancashire and England bowler James Anderson has made cricketing history by becoming the highest wicket taker ever for a fast bowler.
Anderson, who is already England’s leading wicket taker, surpassed Australian legend Glenn McGrath’s total of 563. In doing so James (commonly referred to as Jimmy) becomes the fourth highest wicket taker in history, behind spin bowlers Anil Kumble (619), Shane Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (800).
The record-breaking wicket came on day 5 of England’s 5th and final test of the summer against India. With two wickets already in the innings, Anderson dismissed Mohammed Shami with the final ball of the game, securing the win for England and the record for himself.
The moment @jimmy9 became the most profilic quick bowler in Test history!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 11, 2018
Despite the record innings, Anderson remained humble on social media, instead opting to say goodbye to his friend and colleague Alastair Cook, who announced his retirement from International cricket before the final test.
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Even if Anderson wouldn’t acknowledge the incredible achievement himself, there was no shortage of praise for the 36-year-old on social media. Even Jimmy’s beloved football team got in on the action, along with his county side and a Champions League finalist.
Congratulations to @jimmy9 from all the staff and players at @BurnleyOfficial on reaching 564 Test wickets. A remarkable achievement to help @englandcricket to a memorable win and set a new fast bowlers’ benchmark. #prideofBurnley pic.twitter.com/2EKRsTiKTp
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) September 11, 2018
He’s done it!! ?
— Lancashire Cricket (@lancscricket) September 11, 2018
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) September 11, 2018
Anderson also received high praise from Eccles born Michael Vaughn. The former England captain described his ‘great pal’ Jimmy as a legend on twitter.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 11, 2018
Anderson’s county side Lancashire Cricket Club are in action on Saturday in the T20 Finals Day at Edgbaston. We will have live coverage throughout the day as Lancashire look for cup glory.