Record-breaking Anderson ‘proud’


Published: Saturday 18th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Bowler James Anderson spoke of his pride after becoming England’s leading wicket taker in Test cricket.

The Lancashire paceman usurped Sir Ian Botham after he had Denesh Ramdin caught by captain Alastair Cook for his 384th Test wicket.

The West Indies eventually held on, thanks to a Jason Holder century to earn a draw in Antigua, but when Anderson snared the Windies captain, the hosts were 294 for seven.

It was a proud moment for Anderson but surprisingly breaking the record was not at the forefront of his mind.

“My immediate emotion was we were back in the game we opened up an end,” he told Sky Sports.

“I am hugely proud. It is great to have my family here and taking over from an English legend is a proud moment.

“It (the record) has not been a target. I love taking wickets, I love playing for England, it is a dream come true to play for England let alone for 100 Tests.”

And the future?

“To keep my place in the side,” he added. “There’s a lot of hard work to come. I am confident I am able to carry on for a few more years.”

Anderson made his debut against Zimbabwe at Lord’s in 2003 and Anderson conceded he did not think he would be so successful when he first started out.

“I was 20 years old, enjoying the ride,” he said. “I didn’t think I would get where I am now. It’s been an incredible journey. I am delighted to be here.”

And Anderson was keen to name-check those who have helped him in his career

“Everyone I played with throughout the years, guys like Glen Chapple. The great seamers (Darren) Gough, (Andy) Caddick, (Matthew) Hoggard, (Steve) Harmison all had influence at some stage. The coaches, Moores, Flowers, the captains as well.”

Published: Saturday 18th April 2015 by The News Editor

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