England vs Pakistan 2020: James Anderson becomes first pacer to claim 600 Test wickets

Aug 25, 4:51:55 PM

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

England pacer James Anderson claimed his 600th wicket in the face of Azhar Ali on the final day of the third Test match at the Ageas Bowl. The veteran became the first seamer to breach the 600-mark and the fourth bowler overall to achieve the feat. 


He is also the second quickest in terms of deliveries to reach the magical figure. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan took six fewer deliveries to bag his 600th victim.


Anderson came agonizingly close to reaching the landmark yesterday itself but certain butterfingers didn’t help matters. Rain and poor light threatened to keep the 38-year-old stranded with the ongoing Test match set to be England’s final red-ball game this summer. 


Wet outfield delayed the start of the day’s play but it didn’t take Anderson much time as skipper Joe Root held on to an edge in the slip cordon. He is also the only seamer to appear in 156 Test matches for any country. The Lancashire pacer has no plans of retiring anytime soon and should be seen in the Ashes series against Australia in late 2021. 


The final session is underway in Southampton. The hosts are eying to bag seven wickets while Pakistan is looking to playout a draw. England went into the final game with a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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