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England’s king of swing
September 12, 2018
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James Anderson became the latest England paceman to make history at the Oval on Tuesday by setting a new record for the most wickets taken by any fast bowler in Test history.

After Fred Trueman became the first bowler to take 300 Test wickets, a then astounding figure, at the same ground in 1964, he was asked whether he thought anyone would ever break his record.

The England fast bowler replied: “Aye, but whoever does will be bloody tired.” What Trueman could not have foreseen was the increase in the number of Test nations and matches that would take place in the intervening years. But nothing should detract from Lancashire paceman Anderson’s endurance or skill.

He burst on the scene as a 20-year-old when, after just three one-day games for Lancashire, he was summoned to Australia for a one-day international series.

Anderson made his England debut in Melbourne, taking a modest one for 46 in six overs.

But he improved on the tour and won himself a place in England’s squad for the 2003 World Cup.

Anderson impressed sufficiently to make his Test debut at Lord’s in 2003 and went on to take 26 wickets at an average of 31 in seven Tests that season against Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, is three years older than Alastair Cook.

McGrath believes he could establish a record beyond the reach of any other paceman.

“I have an awful lot of respect for Jimmy,” McGrath told Britain’s Daily Mail in a recent interview.

“I believe once he goes past me he will never be beaten.”

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