James Anderson
James Anderson receives his 150th Test cap from Nasser Hussain. Credit: Getty Images

England have made a great start to the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Veteran fast bowler James Anderson, who provided the first breakthrough, achieved a unique milestone after he stepped on the cricket field for the first Test.

The Joe Root-led side faced a lot of problems ahead of the start of the game. Most of the cricketers were down with viral fever including Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, and Chris Woakes. Moreover, Ben Stokes missed the training on the eve of the game to be with his father, who suddenly fell and had to be admitted in the hospital. But luckily for England, Archer recovered and made into the playing XI.

James Anderson Achieves Massive Milestone During The Boxing Day Test Against South Africa
James Anderson celebrates his wicket. Credit: Getty Images

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James Anderson achieves a massive milestone

The visiting team made an excellent start after Joe Root opted to field first after winning the toss. The ever-consistent James Anderson provided England with a perfect start removing Dean Elgar in the first ball of the match. It pitched on a good length and did enough to find the edge of Elgar and Jos Buttler did the rest to complete a safe catch. Since then, Aiden Markram and Zubayr Hamza started to build a partnership defying England’s new-ball bowlers. They added 32 runs before Sam Curran got the better of Markram to have South Africa at 32 for two.

Meanwhile, James Anderson achieved a unique milestone in Centurion when he became the first fast bowler in the history of cricket to play 150 Test matches. Anderson received his 150th Test cap from former England skipper Nasser Hussain. Since making his debut against Zimbabwe in 2003, Anderson emerged as one of the finest pacer scalping 575 wickets at an average of 26.94.

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