Former captain Alastair Cook holds the record for most Test matches played for England. However, in the first Test of the series against New Zealand starting on June 2, the current pacer James Anderson will share Cook’s record of 161 Test matches. To him it is unimaginable. Anderson’s best friend Cook has played as an opener throughout his career. Anderson, 38, is England’s most successful fast bowler.
Anderson has taken 614 wickets in Test cricket so far. Anderson, a pacer’s highest wicket-taker in the longer version, said he needed to be more physically fit to lead the pace department. Anderson is expected to play two Tests against New Zealand and five against India. If he can play 6 Tests, he will be after the top three players who have played the most matches in the big format. Then his match number will be 16.
India’s Sachin Tendulkar tops the list after playing 200 Tests. So Tendulkar holds the world record for most Test matches. Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh of Australia are joint second in 18 matches. “It makes me proud,” Anderson told reporters. I never imagined in a million years I would be able to reach this state. I don’t know if playing so many matches would be possible for any current bowler. But to me it’s incredible. Because, I never thought I would play so many matches. ‘
It would be a great moment for Anderson to touch Cook, who has played the most matches at Lord’s, the mecca of cricket. Anderson made his Test debut against Zimbabwe at Lord’s 18 years ago. “I made my debut at Lord’s in 2003,” he said. The environment of this field you will not find anywhere else in the world. I love Test cricket, I have a strong passion for it. All I’ve wanted since I was six was playing Test cricket for England. And I am proud of what I have done in this long time. ‘
In first-class cricket, Anderson is just eight wickets away from taking 1,000 wickets. He took 992 wickets in 259 matches. Andrew Cadick was the last England fast bowler to touch such a milestone in 2005. “I don’t know if it’s possible to get a first-class wicket at this time and at this age,” Anderson said of the record. The amount of cricket being played does not seem to have that longevity among the bowlers anymore. There is a lot of T20 cricket going on right now and there are many more leagues around the world