ENG vs SA: Record-breaking feat for James Anderson in 2nd Test against South Africa

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ENG vs SA: Record-breaking feat for James Anderson in 2nd Test against South Africa
ENG vs SA: Record-breaking feat for James Anderson in 2nd Test against South Africa

ENG vs SA: Record-breaking feat for James Anderson in 2nd Test against South Africa

ENG vs SA: Veteran fast bowler James Anderson of England made his 100th Test appearance at home during the second Test match between England and South Africa in Manchester.

Anderson became the first player to play 100 Tests at home in the history of the format. In Manchester’s second Test match between England and South Africa, the seamer made history.

ENG vs SA: Record-breaking feat for James Anderson in 2nd Test against South Africa
ENG vs SA: Record-breaking feat for James Anderson in 2nd Test against South Africa

While 72 players have participated in more than 100 Test matches throughout their careers, no one has played in more than 100 home Tests. With 94 appearances in India, Sachin Tendulkar, the only player with 200 Test appearances, trails Anderson in the list.

Alastair Cook, a former teammate, is fifth with 89 home Tests, while Stuart Broad, another England teammate, is fourth on the list with 91 appearances.

Player Test debut year Career span (in years)
Test appearances at home
James Anderson 2003 19* 100
Sachin Tendulkar 1990 23 94
Ricky Ponting 1995 17 92
Stuart Broad 2008 14 91
Alastair Cook 2006 12 89

With 174 Test outings, Anderson trails Tendulkar in overall appearances. The only other England players with more than 150 Test appearances are Cook and Broad.

With the wicket of Sarel Erwee in the fifth over, Anderson got off to a strong start in his 100th Test at home. The second Test of the series, which is a part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023, will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester, where the fast bowler has, incidentally, never taken a five-wicket haul.