James Anderson © Getty Images
James Anderson © Getty Images

England quick James Anderson became the most over-worked seam bowler in Test cricket history on Tuesday when he fired down his 30,020th delivery. Midway through the final day of the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch, he overtook the previous record of 30,019 held by West Indies great Courtney Walsh who retired in 2001. Walsh in his career took 519 wickets at 24.44 while Anderson has 531 dismissals at 27.34.

Anderson is now fourth on the list of players to have bowled the most deliveries in Test cricket with the top three all spinners, headed by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan with 44,039. Anderson became the leading Test wicket-taker in 2015 and last year, against West Indies, he completed 500 Test wickets.

Anderson is not away from Glenn McGrath’s 563 wickets as the most by a pace bowler in Tests. Anderson currently holds 531 wickets.

During the Ashes, Anderson lead from the front with his bowling scalping 17 wickets at 27.82, and has continued the momentum in New Zealand.