India Test series: James Anderson serves warning with 1000th first class wicket

Kolkata: James Anderson, highest wicket-taker for England in Tests, served a timely reminder for what could be in store for the Indian batsmen in the five-Test series starting next month. The 38-year-old wrecked havoc for his county Lancashire with a career-best spell of 7/19 against Kent on Monday to reach his 1000th first class wicket in the game.

In a fitting tribute, England Cricket tweeted an emoji of a goat, which has become shorthand for ‘greatest of all time’, adding: “Congratulations on 1,000 first-class wickets.”

Anderson, who turns 39 this month, is a great example of longevity in the sport as he made his first-class debut for Lancashire nearly two decades back in 2002.

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His 1000th wicket came in trademark fashion, an outswinger that Kent batsman Heino Kuhn edged behind at Old Trafford, with wicketkeeper Dane Vilas taking the catch.

It was the 38-year-old paceman’s fifth scalp of Kent’s innings and saw him bring up another notable milestone in a career in which he has broken England Test records for appearances and wickets.

Anderson finished with first-innings with seven wickets from his 10 overs as Lancashire bowled Kent out for just 74 in 26.2 overs. He was given a standing ovation from the crowd.

Most of his first-class wickets have come in Test matches - he has 617 wickets in 162 Tests, just two behind retired Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who is third on the all-time bowling list. If fitness permits him to play the Test series against India, then Trent Bridge - where the first Test against Virat Kohli & Co starts on August 4 - may see him overhaul Kumble.



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