James Anderson Test Wickets

image-lizuy9mrJames Anderson is the most successful pacer in Test history (ICC Twitter)

England pacer James Anderson’s career has been a sublime journey of persistence, skill, and record-breaking feats. Anderson's journey commenced at Old Trafford, where he made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in 2003.

Little did the cricketing fraternity knew that this wiry, unassuming lad would evolve into one of the most legendary bowlers to have graced the gentleman's game. Inevitably, as age catches up with every athlete, questions surrounding Anderson's retirement plans arise

As he approaches the twilight of his illustrious career, it is imperative to reflect upon his astounding achievements and take a look at James Anderson’s wickets tally that testifies to his greatness.

James Anderson Test Wickets Vs Oppositions

S. No
3.South Africa2910330.084
4.West Indies228722.615
5.New Zealand208426.063
7.Sri Lanka145822.195

James Anderson wickets: Most 5-wicket hauls in Tests

S. No
3.West Indies5
4.Sri Lanka5
5.South Africa4
6.New Zealand3

James Anderson wickets: List of five-wicket hauls in Test cricket

S. No
1.5/73ZimbabweLord’s Cricket Ground LondonMay 22, 2003
2.5/102South AfricaTrent Bridge NottinghamAugust 14, 2003
3.5/42IndiaLord’s Cricket Ground LondonJuly 19, 2007
4.5/73New ZealandBasin Reserve WellingtonMarch 13, 2008
5.7/43New ZealandTrent Bridge NottinghamJune 5, 2008
6.5/87West IndiesRiverside Ground Chester-Le-StreetMay 14, 2009
7.5/80AustraliaEdgbaston BirminghamJuly 30, 2009
8.5/63South AfricaNewlands Cricket Ground Cape TownJanuary 3, 2010
9.5/54PakistanTrent Bridge NottinghamJuly 29, 2010
10.5/17PakistanTrent Bridge Nottingham July 29, 2010
11.5/65IndiaLord’s Cricket Ground London July 21, 2011
12.5/72Sri LankaGalle International Stadium GalleMarch 26, 2012
13.5/47New ZealandLord’s Cricket Ground London May 16, 2013
14.5/85AustraliaTrent Bridge Nottingham July 10, 2013
15.5/73AustraliaTrent Bridge Nottingham July 10, 2013
16.5/53IndiaRose Bowl SouthamptonJuly 27, 2014
17.6/42West IndiesKensington Oval London May 1, 2015
18.6/47AustraliaEdgbaston Birmingham July 29, 2015
19.5/16Sri LankaHeadingley LeedsMay 19, 2016
20.5/29Sri LankaHeadingley Leeds May 19, 2016
21.5/58Sri LankaRiverside Ground Chester-Le-StreetMay 27, 2016
22.5/72South AfricaTrent Bridge Nottingham July 14, 2017
23.5/76West IndiesHeadingley Leeds August 25, 2017
24.7/42West IndiesLord’s Cricket Ground London August 27, 2017
25.5/43AustraliaAdelaide Oval AdelaideDecember 2, 2017
26.5/20IndiaLord’s Cricket Ground London August 9, 2018
27.5/46West IndiesKensington Oval BridgetownJanuary 23, 2019
28.5/40South AfricaNewlands Cricket Ground Cape TownJanuary 3, 2020
29.5/56PakistanRose Bowl SouthamptonAugust 21, 2020
30.6/40Sri LankaGalle International Stadium GalleJanuary 22, 2021
31.5/62IndiaLord’s Cricket Ground LondonAugust 12, 2021
32.5/60IndiaEdgbaston BirminghamJuly 1, 2022

James Anderson Bowling Records

  • Oldest player to play a Test match in India (41 years)
  • Most wickets by a pacer in Tests (695)
  • Most Test matches played as a bowler (184*)
  • 2nd Most wickets by a bowler on a single ground (119 wickets in Lord's)
  • 4th fastest to 600 Test wickets (156 matches)

James Anderson Test: Frequently asked Questions

How many test wickets has James Anderson taken, and what is the significance? 

James Anderson has taken 695 wickets in Test cricket. This makes him the most successful fast bowler in the history of Test cricket in terms of wickets taken, surpassing the previous record holder, Glenn McGrath of Australia, who took 563 wickets. The only two players with more wickets than Anderson are spin bowlers: Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets) and late Shane Warne (708 wickets).

What is James Anderson's current test wicket record, and how does it reflect his prowess? 

Anderson’s current test wicket record of 695 scalps makes him the highest wicket-taking pacer in the history of Test cricket. This record reflects Anderson's proficiency in swing and seam bowling, his exceptional skills, and his consistency over a long career. His ability to maintain a high level of performance over the years even in the face of the physical demands of fast bowling is evidence of his fitness and dedication to the game.

Who is the highest wicket-taker in cricket history

Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in cricket history, with 1,347 wickets across formats. The legendary spinner is also the highest wicket-taker in Tests, with 800 wickets.

How many Tests has James Anderson played?

Anderson has played 184 Test matches so far. He has played the second most matches in Test history, only behind Sachin Tendulkar (200 matches).