Anderson became the fifth highest wicket-taker    Getty Images, AFP
Anderson became the fifth highest wicket-taker Getty Images, AFP

James Anderson became the fifth-highest wicket-taker in Tests during the Boxing Day Test of The Ashes 2017-18. Anderson had earlier equalled Courtney Walsh, taking his 519th wicket as he dismissed David Warner. He then bagged the wicket of Tim Paine that took him past Walsh. Anderson, with 520* wickets now, is just behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708), Anil Kumble (619) and Glenn McGrath (563) in the list.

In the first session of the opening day, Anderson bagged only one wicket. Anderson came round the wicket and darted it away from Warner who edged it to the wicketkeeper and departed for 103. Although he went wicketless in the remaining sessions of Day One, he achieved the feat in the morning session of Day Two.

Player Matches Wickets Average Economy Strike Rate 5-fors 10-fors
Muttiah Muralitharan 133 800 22.72 2.47 55 67 22
Shane Warne 145 708 25.41 2.65 57.4 37 10
Anil Kumble 132 619 29.65 2.69 65.9 35 8
Glenn McGrath 124 563 21.64 2.49 51.9 29 3
James Anderson 133* 520 27.36 2.92 56.15 23 3
Courtney Walsh 132 519 24.44 2.53 57.8 22 3

Anderson also became the eighth English bowler and 13th overall to take 100 wickets against Australia. He is following Ian Botham (128), Bob Willis (123), Wilfred Rhodes (109), Sydney Barnes (106), Alec Bedser (104), Bobby Peel (101) in the list of Englishmen.