England veteran seamer James Anderson joined an elite list of bowlers and became the latest entrant into the 600-wicket club. He picked the wicket of Azhar Ali on day five of the third Test against Pakistan in Southampton. It was indeed a long-time coming for Anderson as he witnessed several dropped catches off his bowling.
Reaching the 600-wicket mark is no mean feat or achievement. Bowlers have to have the determination, fitness, and skill to cross the landmark. Furthermore, the consistency becomes equally essential as the competition comes into play fiercely. From 1877 till now, only four bowlers have crossed the 600-wicket mark in Test cricket.
We take a look at four bowlers who have breached the 600 wickets in Test cricket:
James Anderson – 600:
As already mentioned, James Anderson is the newest member of the club, having reached the feat in his 156th Test. By taking 600 wickets, he also became the first fast bowler to get to the milestone. The 38-year old has been the pioneer of English’s Test side for well more than a decade now.
Anderson made his debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe and took the first of his 29 five-wicket hauls in his maiden Test. Along with Stuart Broad, he has formed one of the most lethal fast bowling pairs in the longest format of the game. At 38, Anderson has declared he has the desire to play for England for another year.