James Anderson | First Pacer in 600 Test Wickets Club

James Anderson | First Pacer in 600 Test Wickets Club
James Anderson | (Photo by Stu Forster/ Getty Images)

England’s swing star James Anderson has set a unique example in the history of cricket.  He became the first fast bowler to take 600 wickets.  After making his Test debut in 2003, he came to the 156th Test for almost two decades and set this precedent in 2020.

He took 600 wickets in the rain-hit Southampton against Pakistan by dismissing Azhar Ali.  Before him, there are only three bowlers who have taken 600 wickets and all of them are spinners.  Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumle (619).

(800 in 133)   (708 in 145),      (619 in132),      (563 in124)

 Anil Kumble tweeted, “Congratulations on getting 600 wickets.  You worked hard to get here.  Glenn McGrath (563) holds the record for most Test wickets as a pacer before Anderson.  Jimmy overtook McGrath two years ago.

The former Australian fast bowler is also impressed with him.  He also compared Jimmy to Sachin.  “Jimmy will be an example in bowling like Sachin Tendulkar in batting,” McGrath said.  Just as no one can catch Tendulkar in the number of matches or runs, James is beyond the reach of all. ”  When he swings the ball in both directions, you just have to look.  There is no better bowler than him. “