England’s James Anderson became the first fast bowler to reach 600-wicket milestone in Test cricket history after he dismissed Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali in the fifth day of their third Test match in Southampton on Tuesday.
Anderson, who was on 99 wickets at the start of the day in a Test that has been affected by rain, had Ali caught by his captain Joe Root to complete the milestone. In the twilight of his retirement, 38-year old Anderson is fourt in all-time leading wicket takers in Test cricket with a trio of spinners occupying the the top three spots.
Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Australian spin wizard Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619) are the leading wicket takers in Test history. Anderson achieved this milestone in his 155th Test match.
Six fast bowlers are in the top 10 of the world’s leading Test wicket takers with Australian legend Glenn McGrath (563), West Indian Courtney Walsh (519), Anderson’s fellow England fast bowler James Anderson (485), South African Dale Steyn (439) and India’s 2011 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev (434) rounding up inside the top 10.
Another Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath – also retired – is 10th in the list with 433 Test wickets to his name.