Ashes 2021-22: James Anderson Becomes Second Most Capped Player In Test History – England’s talisman James Anderson hit the record books once more, becoming the second player with the most Test caps.
Anderson, who was playing in his 169th Test when he went onto the SCG wicket for the fourth Test against Australia, eclipsed former Australian players Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh. Ponting and Waugh had each played 168 Tests in their careers.
Anderson is now second only to India’s famous batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who played in 200 Tests between 1989 and 2013.
Anderson produced an angled good length delivery pitched in the middle to feather the outside edge of Australian opener Marcus Harris on a shortened Day 1 of the fourth Test due to rain showers. England captain Joe Root took the catch in the second slip zone, giving Anderson his 640th Test scalp.
Ashes 2021-22: James Anderson Becomes Second Most Capped Player In Test History
🏴 #JamesAnderson is now the second most-capped player in Test history, moving to 169 matches.
— CricTelegraph (@CricTelegraph) January 5, 2022
Since skipping the Ashes opener in Brisbane, Anderson had took eight wickets in the Ashes 2021-22, including 4/33 in Melbourne.
Anderson, who made his Lord’s debut against Zimbabwe in 2003, is third in Test wicket-taking behind Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800).
The 39-year-old bowler is eager to return to Test cricket and has stated a desire to be named to England’s team for the West Indies Test series in March.
“Personally, even in these trying circumstances, I’m in a pretty good position with my bowling and have been for a long time.” I’ll have to wait and see, but I have no plans to finish. “I simply want to keep training hard, and I’d want to be a part of the West Indies tour in March,” Anderson said in The Telegraph’s column.
England has already lost the Ashes, trailing 0-3 in the five-match series, and hence has failed to win another Test series in Australia.
The Australians haven’t let England relax in the first Test in Brisbane, which they won by nine wickets in four days.
They backed up their feet with a 275-run win in Adelaide, despite some tenacious effort from Jos Buttler to postpone the result.
Australia thrashed England by an innings and 14 runs on the third day of the Boxing Day Test match to capture the Ashes after leading 3-0.