ENG vs NZ, 2nd Test: Veteran pacer James Anderson achieved another milestone in his cricketing career on Thursday as he surpassed former Captain Alastair Cook to become England’s most-capped Test Cricketer.
James Anderson achieved the remarkable feat in the second test against New Zealand at the Edgbaston. England won the toss & decided to bat first in the second test against New Zealand. Anderson has been featured in 162 matches for England just one match extra than Cook, who played 161 games in test Cricket.
Behind Anderson & Cook, pacer Stuart Broad is third on the list as he has played 147 matches for England while former cricketer Alec Stewart secures the fourth spot on the list by playing 133 matches, Anderson is the only pacer to scalp more than 600 wickets in test cricket. He has taken 616 wickets in Test format of cricket, 98 more wickets than Stuart Broad who is another leading player in the list of top 10 highest wicket-taker.
Anderson revealed that he wasn’t sure if he was good enough to play International Cricket when he started playing cricket in May 2003 against Zimbabwe at the Lord’s stadium. “I thought I wasn’t good enough. Thought it was a huge step up from County cricket. I remember Nasser Hussain didn’t have a fine leg for me & I went for quite a few runs. My first ball was a no-ball as well so there were a lot of nerves there & I did feel like this was a no-ball as well so there were a lot of nerves there & I did feel like this was maybe a step too far for me at that point”, he said as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
Anderson feels that the hurdles which he has faced have made him stronger in his illustrious career. Anderson further said that his growth from a good bowler to someone who could win the matches for the side did take some time & it helped him to display strong performances against some of the top teams.
Meanwhile, England suffered a major blow, as just minutes before the start of the second test, wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling was ruled out of the second test due to an injury. Wellington Firebirds wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell joined England’s squad for the second test match in place of Anderson.