James Anderson became the first Englishmen to pick 400 Test wickets, and a few of the selected ones to pick 400 Test wickets worldwide. A master of swing, both in and out, Anderson troubled every batsman he played against, with his swing.
We look at some of his top performances in Test cricket.
Debut against Zimbabwe
Maybe James Anderson was nowhere near to what he is, but he was very exciting to watch. Swung the ball both ways, but maybe not with the control he has now, but he was just 20 then. He got a chance just because of his performance in the World Cup and boy, he did make it count. He picked up 5 wickets for 73 runs, with the swinging yorkers making it four out of the five.
Trent Bridge , Ashes 2013
James Anderson picked 10 wickets in the match and led England to a famous victory. Noting was the way he celebrated after picking the last wicket, which was confirmed after England decided to review the decision, though half- hearted one. He dismissed Haddin when Australia needed just 15 runs to win the match.
Boy, he loves Trent Bridge. His performance speaks of it, with 6 of his 5 wicket haul coming at this venue.
Wellington, against New Zealand in 2008
It was a time when the Ashes heroes of 2005 were finding it tough to retain their place in the side. The English bowling lineup was undergoing a change and Anderson was a connecting line. Broad was picked for this Test match, and was only into his 2nd Test match. Anderson led from the front, swinging the ball and leading England to a victory.Anderson picked up 5 wickets in the first innings and seven overall in the match. This match saw two youngsters who soon became the leader of English pace attack.
Ashes 2010-11 at Adelaide
This Ashes was historic for England. They won an Ashes series in Australia after 24 years. At Brisbane in the first Test, Australia managed to escape from a defeat. Anderson was lucky, he bowled well, but didn’t have anything to show for it.
In 2nd Test match at Adelaide, he made the ball do the talking, on a relatively flat track and Australia were reduced to 3 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Ponting and Watson, the two in form batsman were dismissed. Australia could not come out of it and they lost by an innings and 71 runs. Anderson picked up 6 wickets, 4 in first and 2 in second, but this just doesn’t show for the panic he caused in Australian dugout.
Sri Lanka v England at Galle, 2012
Many said that Anderson is not a subcontinent material and Anderson silenced his critics. Though Sri Lanka won the match, but Anderson showed why he is regarded as one of the best in the business. He tore apart Sri Lanka’s top order in the first innings, but a master class from Jayawardena over shadowed him. He picked 5 for 72 in the first innings. Rangana Herath, with his 12 wickets took away the all the credit on a pitch where there was a lot for the spinners and almost nothing for the pacers.