India vs England, 2nd Test: James Anderson claims 100 Test wickets at Lord’s

England’s record-breaking fast bowler James Anderson has become the first player in Test cricket to take 100 wickets at Lord’s. The landmark 100th wicket was Murali VIjay during day four of the second Test between England and India on Sunday, which came after he had taken five wickets in India’s first innings.

Anderson has achieved the milestone in his 23rd Test match at the spiritual home of cricket, from 895.5 overs at an average of 24.38 and strike-rate of 53.7.

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Anderson entered the ongoing Test versus India with 94 wickets at Lord’s, and took five balls to move to 95. In the opening over of the Test – following a day’s washout – Anderson produced a peach of a ball to bowl India opener Murali Vijay. With conditions overhead and underfoot aiding pace bowling, Anderson added his 96th wicket when he drew an edge off KL Rahul’s bat. When rain interrupted play, Anderson’s opening spell read 3.3-2-6-2.

His dream day continued with the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav and Ishant Sharma to finish with 5/20 in 13.2 overs as India were bowled out for 107. That put him on 99 Test wickets at Lord’s.

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During India’s second innings, Anderson took eight balls to get to his 100th. A regulation in-swinger drew the edge from Vijay’s bat and Jonny Bairstow held the catch.

It was at Lord’s that 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. Despite a successful Test debut, Anderson’s patch form meant he was in and out of the team. In his third Test at Lord’s in 2007, he took seven wickets in a draw.

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Of his 100 wickets, 53 have come in England wins at a superb average of 23.32. Anderson starred in a big win over India in 2011, taking 5/65 in the touring team’s second innings. In 2013, he took seven wickets – with 5/47 in the first innings – as New Zealand were beaten by 70 runs. In 2013, he fashioned a nine-wicket defeat of West Indies with a career-best 7/42 in the second innings.

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. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith is the batsmen he dismissed the most at this venue, on four occasions.

The milestone of 100 wickets at Lord’s is another feather in the cap of a remarkable fast bowler who during his 140-Test career has become the first England player to take 400 wickets and who, with 550 career scalps, is 14 shy of overtaking Glenn McGrath’s record of 563. When he does so, Anderson will become the most successful fast bowler in Test history.