James Anderson (Left) © Getty Images
James Anderson (Left) has been the backbone of England’s bowling attack for many years now © Getty Images

James Anderson got his 400th Test wicket for England during their second Test against New Zealand on Day One at Headingley. Anderson achieved the feat when he had New Zealand opener Martin Guptill caught by Ian Bell at second slip in the third over of the game. The match was started quite late due to the rain, and the players briefly left the field as well before resuming. Anderson struck soon thereafter, getting Kane Williamson out caught behind for a two-ball duck. READ: James Anderson reaches 400 Test wickets: The story of the man who wasn’t there

Anderson had surpassed Ian Botham’s tally of 383 wickets in the series against West Indies just over a month back. Anderson was sitting on 399 Test wickets after having a decent first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s. Anderson had 397 scalps going into the first Test, which England won by a huge margin of 124 runs at Lord’s. The next best bowler among the playing ones for England is Stuart Broad with 279 wickets to his name. Scorecard: England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Headingley

Anderson got the wicket of Guptill in the third over of the match, as the start was delayed by persistent rain at Headingley on Friday, forcing the players to take an early lunch. After the clouds cleared the way for the match to begin and the groundstaff prepared the field, England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to field. This is a two-Test series, which England lead 1-0. READ: Ben Stokes rekindles the spirit of Andrew Flintoff