Watch: James Anderson's daughters ring the five-minute bell at Lord's in pacer's farewell Test

Published - 10 Jul 2024, 05:07 PM | Updated - 10 Jul 2024, 05:10 PM

Watch: James Anderson's daughters ring the five-minute bell at Lord's in his farewell Test
Watch: James Anderson's daughters ring the five-minute bell at Lord's in his farewell Test [PC: X]

James Anderson received a standing ovation as he led England on the field for the first Test against West Indies at Lord's on Wednesday (July 10). The England great will be retiring from Tests after the conclusion of the ongoing Test.

While usually, the captains lead out the teams on the field before a game, the tradition took the back seat for the special game as James Anderson led out England in his farewell Test. The crowd gave the retiring pacer a standing ovation as he made his way out on the field.

James Anderson's family members were in the stands as well for the special Test. And the moment became even more special as his daughters Ruby and Lola rang the customary five-minute bell. The tradition of ringing the bell was started in 2007 and it signifies the imminent start of play on the morning of a Test match.

Watch as James Anderson's daughters ring the bell:

 

Talking about the game, England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and opted to field first. West Indies made a cautious start and did not lose any wickets in the first ten overs before losing two wickets in quick succession. At the time of writing this report, they were on 44 for 2 in the 20th over with debutant Mikyle Louis and Alick Athanaze batting in the middle.

An illustrious career:

James Anderson will retire from Tests as one of the most decorated Test bowlers of all time. No fast-bowler has taken more wickets than him in the longest format of the game while no bowler has played more Tests than him. Only spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne have more wickets than him in red-ball cricket.

On the other hand, only Sachin Tendulkar has played more Tests than him. James Anderson, who made his Test debut in 2003, will retire from Tests after playing 188 games. In 2018, he became the first pacer to take 600 Tests before becoming the first to claim 700 wickets this year during the Dharamsala Test against India. 

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