Rare feat for England pacer James Anderson at Lord’s

James Anderson celebrating after taking his 100 Test wickets at Lord’s. Image Source: XtraTime

XtraTime Web Desk: England cricket team’s star pacer James Anderson today became the first cricketer in Test cricket to scalp 100 wickets at Lord’s. His 100th victim on day 4 was Murali Vijay in the second innings. Earlier in the first innings he took 5 wickets to destroy the visitors on just 107 runs. It is Anderson’s 23rd Test match at the home of cricket and he took 100 wickets here in 895.5 overs with an average of 24.38 and strike-rate of 53.7.

Ahead of this Test match Anderson had 94 wickets and after taking a five-for in the first innings his tally went to 99. He took the important wickets of Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav and Ishant Sharma. In the second innings it took only eight balls and Anderson reached the milestone 100 wickets at Lord’s. A regulation in-swinger drew the edge from Vijay’s bat and Jonny Bairstow held the catch. It was the Lord’s where Anderson made his debut at the age of 20 in May 2003, against Zimbabwe.

He took 5/73 in Zimbabwe’s first innings and went wicketless in the second in an innings victory. Overall at Lord’s, Anderson has six five-wicket hauls with a match best of 9/73. He has dismissed right-handed batsman on 73 occasions and left-handers 27 times.

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