James Anderson surpasses Glenn McGrath’s record

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James Anderson’s heroics played a vital role in England’s triumph over South Africa in the third Test match that winded up on Saturday. One of the most prolific fast bowlers the world cricket has ever produced grasped his 950th international wicket against Proteas at Old Trafford.

Anderson’s 950th international wicket was special because the fast bowler has now surpassed the record of Australia’s Glenn McGrath to become the fast bowler with the most international wickets.

Glenn, who has featured in 124 tests, 250 ODIs, and two t20Is, has 563, 381, and five wickets to his name, respectively in the formats. It makes a total of 949 international wickets. The moment before Anderson plucked his 950th international wicket to remove Simon Harmer, Glenn was the fast bowler with the most number of international wickets but now has slipped down to the second spot.

Notably, Anderson later removed Kagiso Rabada to bring a tally of 951 international wickets, most by a fast bowler.  Only spinners Anil Kumble, Shane Warne, and Muttiah Muralidaran have more international wickets than him.

McGrath retired in 2007, leaving no chance for him to overtake Anderson to spear his record. However, England’s bowler still has a long way to go to dominate world cricket with his skilful bowling, surpassing the overall record of most wickets by a bowler in international cricket, leaving Kumble, Warner, and Muttiah behind.

It must be noted Anderson, who has been serving England Cricket since 2002, has appeared in 174 Tests, 194 ODIs, and 19 Tests, having 664, 269, and 18 scalps to his name.

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