James Anderson Becomes First Fast Bowler To Take 600 Test Wickets!!

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

England's James Anderson became the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets when he dismissed Pakistan's captain Azhar Ali on the fifth day of the third and final Test between the two teams at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Anderson had taken a five-wicket haul in Pakistan's first innings, and he returned in their second innings to pick Abid Ali and Azhar after the visitors were made to follow on. Only Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble had previously broken the 600-wicket barrier in the longest format of the game, making Anderson just the fourth player with 600 or more Test scalps.

Anderson's Milestone Wickets

  • 1. Mark Vermeulen, Zimbabwe

  • 50. MS Dhoni, India

  • 100. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

  • 150. Graeme Smith, South Africa

  • 200. Peter Siddle, Australia

  • 250. Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka

  • 300. Peter Fulton, New Zealand

  • 350. Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka

  • 384. Denesh Ramdin, West Indies

  • 400. Martin Guptill, New Zealand

  • 500. Kraigg Brathwaite, West Indies

  • 600: Azhar Ali, Pakistan

Anderson had already become the most prolific seam bowler in Test cricket in September 2018, against India at The Kia Oval, when he picked up a 564th Test wicket to move past Glenn McGrath's tally of 563.

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