ENG vs SA: James Anderson becomes most successful pacer in international cricket, bags 950 wickets
ENG vs SA: James Anderson on Saturday became the most successful pace bowler in the history of international cricket.
This achievement was made by the legendary ageless pacer, 40, against South Africa in the second Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. In order to accomplish this, Anderson defeated Simon Harmer for 16 off 48 balls. Harmer’s stumps couldn’t stop Anderson’s brilliant delivery, which sent the bails flying. The Old Trafford fans erupted in celebration of the milestone the legendary pacer had achieved after the wicket.
He has now surpassed Glenn McGrath (949 wickets) to reach the top spot among pacers in the game. Anderson has captured 951 wickets in 287 games.
After passing McGrath, he is now the fourth most successful bowler in all of international cricket.
The most productive bowlers in international cricket are Anil Kumble of India, Shane Warne of Australia, and Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka (1,347 wickets combined) (956 wickets).
At Manchester’s Old Trafford on Saturday, England’s all-around strong performance—including a brilliant century from captain Ben Stokes and bowling from Anderson and also other veteran pacers—helped the hosts defeat South Africa by an innings and 85 runs. The victory came in just three days.
With this outstanding victory, England has tied the series at one game each. James Anderson (3/32) and also Stuart Broad (3/37) delivered strong performances that enabled the hosts to dismiss the guests for 151. Kagiso Rabada (36) and Keegan Petersen (21) made some noteworthy batsmanship contributions for the visitors, who struggled with the English weather and the associated ball movement.
Following this, England had a 264-run advantage thanks to centuries from Ben Stokes (103) and wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes (113*). Zak Crawley (38) and Jonny Bairstow (49) also made some significant contributions. Anrich Nortje (3/82) and Keshav Maharaj (2/78) both made significant bowling contributions for Proteas, but that did not prevent the hosts from gaining a 264-run advantage.
The next innings saw England defeat South Africa for just 179. Thanks to ferocious spells from pacers Ollie Robinson (4/43) and James Anderson (3/30), which helped tie the series. Only Rassie van Der Dussen (41) and also Keegan Petersen (42) made significant contributions for Proteas.
Stokes’ impressive all-around performance earned him the title of “Man of the Match”. He not only had 103 points but also 2/17 and 2/30 in both innings.