Anderson picked up 4 wickets in the 2nd Test to reach the landmark    Getty Images
Anderson picked up 4 wickets in the 2nd Test to reach the landmark Getty Images

James Anderson became the first England cricketer to 800 wickets across formats. He stretched his tally to a new high during the second Test of the 2017-18 Ashes. He made Peter Handscomb his 800th victim on Day Four.

Anderson had taken a mere wicket in the first innings, dismissing Usman Khawaja with an away-swinger. However, he has been on a rampage in the second innings. In the last session of Day Three, Anderson had Cameron Bancroft caught behind with an absolute peach of a delivery. In the same spell, he produced another snorter to have Khawaja trapped in front.

Anderson continued the good work in the first session of Day Four as well. He sent Nathan Lyon and Handscomb packing in quick secession.

Anderson is the only Englishman to 400 and 500 wickets in the longest format. In all, he has 513 wickets in 131* Tests. Stuart Broad, at 393 wickets, comes second in the list.

England, however, do not play Anderson in shorter formats. He has 269 wickets at 29.2 in 194 ODIs and 18 wickets at 30.6 in 19 T20Is.

Note: This report was published when Anderson reached the milestone. Australia were 76 for 5. The numbers mentioned, of course, will change.