James Anderson is the sixth highest wicket-taker of all time in Tests    Getty Images
James Anderson is the sixth highest wicket-taker of all time in Tests Getty Images

Born July 30, 1982, James Anderson celebrates his 34th birthday today. One of the most successful pacers England has ever produced, Anderson is England‘s highest wicket-taker across formats, taking 745 wickets in total at the time of this report. He is the first England player to bag 400 Test wickets as he surpassed Ian Botham’s record of 383 wickets. Anderson represents Lancashire in First-Class cricket. The bowler has represented his national side in 117 Test matches taking 458 wickets while in 194 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 19 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) he has 169 and 18 wickets respectively, proving his potential by the number of wickets taken in all the formats. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, England vs Pakistan, 3rd Test at Edgbaston

Anderson made his debut in ingternational cricket in an ODI against Australia in 2002 and took just a single wicket. A year later, he was given a spot in the Test series against Zimbabwe. He started impressing cricket followers at a very early stage with his bowling skills, taking a 5-for in his first Test match itself. He has 21 5-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket hauls in Tests and is currently the sixth highest wicket-taker of all time in Tests.

Apart from cricket, the bowler also designs menswear for Elvis Jesus, the sale from which goes directly to charity, and later on launched his own fashion range. He was the first cricketer to feature in the British Magazine Attitude. In 2016, he was awarded with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to cricket. Here’s wishing the bowler a very happy birthday and many more to come.