New Zealand had to be in the XI of the first Test of the series. James Anderson will be a great achievement. The English fast bowler will sit next to Alastair Cook, who holds the record for most Test appearances for England. The touch of fame of Anderson’s close friend Cook will be incredible and of great pride.
Cook played for England as the opening batsman. But 38-year-old Anderson is a fast bowler. Anderson holds the record for most wickets taken by a fast bowler in a Test. He took 614 wickets. He is also the most experienced fast bowler in Test cricket.
After New Zealand, England will play a Test series against India this summer. 6 tests in all. Anderson wants to play all the Tests for England, which has taken a rotating policy to make the XI at this time of the coronavirus epidemic. If his wish is fulfilled, he will become the fourth highest Test cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh. Sachin Tendulkar is at the top of the list after playing 200 Tests. Then there are former Australia captains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh. Both have played 16 Tests each.
But being a fast bowler, being able to play so many Tests is really great. All in all, Anderson himself is delighted, ‘It makes me proud. I never thought I would have such an achievement in millions of years. ‘ Anderson then added, ‘Surely a bowler has played so many matches … I don’t know what to say … I find it unbelievable. Because I never thought I would be able to play so many matches. ‘
Even though he is 36 years old, Anderson is playing in the same rhythm. There is no sign of fatigue in his game. “I don’t have the impression of age,” said the England fast bowler. I’m not tired. ‘ “I really love Test cricket,” Anderson said of the secret to being able to play so tirelessly. I feel extra tension for this. I have always wanted to grow up and play Test cricket for England. I feel lucky and proud to be able to do this for a long time.
England will play their first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s. It will be a special thing for Anderson to be able to touch Cook’s record here. Because he made his Test debut at Lord’s 17 years ago. Anderson took 5 wickets in that match against Zimbabwe. If he can break the record here, he will be thrilled, ‘Play at Lord’s, where I first played in 2003 … You will not find such an atmosphere anywhere else.’
Anderson holds the record for most Test appearances for England, as well as a milestone. And if he gets 6 wickets, he will get 1000 wickets in first class cricket. Anderson will be the first fast bowler to reach this milestone in 2005 after Andrew Cadick.