Anderson joins into Club 500

Wednesday 13th September 2017 07:42 EDT

Swing bowler James Anderson sealed his place in the cricket history by capturing 500 wickets at the third test between England and West Indies at Lord's. It was at the “home of cricket“ where the 35-year-old Lancashire paceman made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in 2003 - a match in which he took five wickets in the first innings. Anderson's greatest skill has been his ability to swing the ball late. But no one gets to 500 wickets simply by starring on home soil and Anderson's career has featured many memorable away successes - notably when he led England's attack during their 2010-11 Ashes triumph in Australia. Anderson, the first English bowler to reach the landmark, had played just three one-day games for Lancashire when he was called into England's limited-overs squad in Australia as cover for Andy Caddick in 2002-03. He impressed to such an extent he forced his way into England's squad for the 2003 World Cup. Then came his Test debut. Yet within a couple of years, Anderson had been relegated to the role of a “net bowler” with England. His unusual action, in which Anderson appeared to dip his head at the moment of delivery rather than having eyes firmly fixed on the batsmen, raised eyebrows and he played no part in England's 2005 Ashes success that saw them end a 19-year wait for a Test series win over Australia.

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