Anderson equals Botham record

Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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James Anderson has equalled Sir Ian Botham as England’s top Test wicket-taker after taking his 383rd scalp against the West Indies in Antigua.

Anderson, on the occasion of his 100th Test cap, had Marlon Samuels caught at gully by James Tredwell to share Botham’s place in the history books.

The great all-rounder has stood alone as the nation’s most prolific bowler for 23 years, but Anderson is now in position to set a new mark for future generations to follow.

Only 13 players in the history of the game have taken more wickets than 32-year-old Anderson, who began the odyssey with a five-for on debut in 2003.

Anderson struck with the second ball of his fourth over on day five at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, a full delivery outside off that had Samuels driving away from his body.

He managed only to spray a low catch to Tredwell, who gathered it safely on the dive.

Anderson responded with an outburst of emotion as his team-mates raced to share the moment.

It was Anderson’s third success of the match, following two wickets in the first innings.

Samuels’ exit left the hosts on 127 for four and struggling to save the game, with Tredwell having already had Devon Smith caught hacking to mid-on.

With a notional target of 438 to play with, England will be confident of ending Anderson’s special day with victory.

Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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