Anderson cleaned up Mohammed Shami’s wicket as he picked up his 564th test wicket, becoming the most successful fast bowler in Test, on Tuesday. Anderson surpasses Glenn McGrath’s record of 563 wickets after taking the last wicket of India in the fifth test of the series.
Previously, the record was held by Australia’s ace swing bowler Glenn McGrath who had 563 wickets to his name followed by Courtney Walsh (519) and Kapil Dev (434). However, in the overall list of Test wicket-takers, the first three wickets are occupied by spinners. While the Sri Lankan Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the first position with 800 wickets, Australia’s Shane Warne and India’s Anil Kumble bag second and third position with 708 and 619 wickets respectively.
The final test against India also marked the farewell test of Alastair Cook who ended his career and with a half-century and century in his first and second innings respectively. England had outplayed India 4-1 in the recently completed series on Tuesday. Barring winning just the third test, India had suffered defeat in all other tests with some big margins.
Skipper Virat certainly needs to address a lot of issues going into the next series against the Windies.