In a remarkable turn of events, England’s veteran pacer James Anderson crossed yet another milestone when he reached his 600th Test wicket on the fifth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan.
He cracked this record after Pakistan captain Azhar Ali got out for 31. The play had resumed after two sessions were lost due to severe rain.
After a disappointing start in the first Test of the series, there were a hush-hush that the veteran pacer would be announcing his retirement – a rumour that he was quick to put to rest. With captain Joe Root’s support, he was back in form and picked up three wickets in the second Test. Pakistan was seen to crumble for 236 after winning the toss and choosing to bat. Rain and bad light led the match towards a draw with both teams playing just one inning each.
Anderson had made his Test debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe. In 2018, after dismissing Mohammed Shami against India at The Oval, he had become the highest wicket-taker among seamers. He even broke Glenn McGrath’s total of 563 Test wickets. Anderson, currently is only behind spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (800) of Sri Lanka, Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619).