Anderson takes 400th Test wicket


Published: Friday 29th May 2015 by The News Editor

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James Anderson became the first Englishman to reach 400 Test wickets and give his country an excellent start in the second Investec Test against New Zealand at Headingley.

The seamer began the day needing just one scalp to join an exclusive club containing only 11 other bowlers and he reached the landmark number by taking the wicket of Martin Guptill with his eighth delivery.

Anderson then claimed Test wicket number 401 two balls after a short rain delay by dismissing Kane Williamson before the tourists reached 32 for two thanks to Tom Latham’s counter-attacking efforts.

However, the players were off again due to the inclement weather in what appears to be an increasingly frustrating stop-start day.

After the morning session was washed out due to persistent rain, England captain Alastair Cook opted to bowl first in overcast conditions.

The decision was almost immediately vindicated by Anderson, who beat Guptill’s bat in his first over before snaring the opener in his second with a full-length delivery that produced an outside edge which was easily pouched by Ian Bell at second slip.

Anderson was then once more wheeling away in celebration – either side of a momentary delay for rain – when Williamson, a centurion at Lord’s, feathered an edge behind for a two-ball duck.

That left the Black Caps, trailing 1-0 in the series after losing the opener by 124 runs, on two for two and it nearly got worse when Latham was given out caught behind off Stuart Broad.

However, the decision was overturned on review and he reached 26 not out before the players were once again hauled off for rain.

A restart of 3pm was announced with 66.4 overs remaining in the day.

Published: Friday 29th May 2015 by The News Editor

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