James Anderson Needs 2 Wickets In 5th Test To Create History And Become First Pacer In World To...

Veteran England pacer James Anderson can create history in the fifth Test against India in Dharamsala. James Anderson is just two wickets away from joining Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne in the 700 Test wickets club. Anderson will become the first pacer in history to claim 700 Test wickets.
James Anderson

James Anderson (Source: AP/X)

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • James Anderson can create history.
  • Anderson is 2 wickets away from 700 Test wickets.
  • Anderson will become first pacer to take 700 Test wickets.
The India tour started on a positive note for England as the Ben Stokes-led side picked up a 28-run win over the hosts. England conceded a hefty 190-run lead but they staged a remarkable comeback, courtesy of Ollie Pope's remarkable hundred to stun the hosts.
India though bounced back in style and picked up a comprehensive win in the following three matches to take an unassailable lead in the series. The fifth and final Test will be played in Dharamsala from March 7. Even though India have already claimed the series, they won't be taking the foot off the pedal as every game in the World Test Championship (WTC) stands of utmost importance.
Meanwhile, the fifth Test could see veteran England pacer James Anderson create history and become the first pacer to claim 700 Test wickets. Anderson, who has taken 698 wickets in 186 matches, is currently the third leading wicket-taker in the history of the game.
Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in Test history, with 800 wickets, followed by the great Shane Warne, who picked 708 wickets. If Anderson manages to take two wickets in the Dharamsala Test, he will become the first pacer to take 700 Test wickets.
Meanwhile, Anderson can also break the record for most wickets by an overseas pacer in India. Anderson, who has taken 42 wickets in 16 Tests in India, will leapfrog Courtney Walsh (43) in the list of most wickets by an overseas pacer in India. Nathan Lyon tops the charts of most wickets by an overseas bowler in India, having accounted for 56 wickets.
Speaking about the fifth Test, KL Rahul will continue to be on the sidelines due to the quadricep tendon injury. Jasprit Bumrah, however, will return to the playing XI after being rested from the fourth Test.
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