England vs New Zealand: James Anderson becomes England’s most capped Test player

James Anderson
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After being picked to play in the series final against New Zealand, fast bowler James Anderson became England’s most-capped Test player. At Edgbaston, the 38-year-old surpassed former skipper Alastair Cook with his 162nd cap. Anderson, of Lancashire, made his Test debut in 2003 and has 616 wickets, which is an England record.

Both Anderson and Cook had played 161 Test matches for England before the series final against New Zealand, the most for any English player in the history of the game’s longest format. Anderson is the world’s fourth-best Test bowler and the only English player in the top five of the ICC Test bowling rankings.

Anderson has 616 wickets for an average of 26.58 in 161 matches. Anil Kumble, an Indian leg-spin superstar who took 619 wickets in 132 Test matches, is now in third place. Anderson is only four strikes away from passing India’s renowned spinner on the list of highest Test wicket-takers.

Anderson told to Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports, “It has been an incredible journey I’ve been on over the last 18 years. I can remember my debut as clear as anything – and then there has been some amazing memories all the way through that period. I can’t believe I’ve got to where I have today.”

He added on surpassing Sir Alistair Cook, “He rang me last night to congratulate me. It’s incredible to go past someone like him, who I look up to so much and have so much respect for.”

“We’ve been close mates for many years and it’s just a shame he’s not here to share the experience with.”