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James Anderson Proud Of New Landmark

James Anderson Proud Of New Landmark
Sir Ian Botham (left) congratulates James Anderson (right) on becoming the leading wicket-taker of England in Tests.
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England seamer James Anderson who became the country’s leading wicket-taker in Tests on Friday sounded extremely proud of his new landmark.

After having dismissed Marlon Samuels to go level with Sir Ian Botham’s haul of 383 wickets, Anderson then removed Denesh Ramdin late in the day’s play to achieve the feat.

"My immediate emotion (when I took the record-breaking wicket) was we were back in the game,” said Anderson.

“We were hoping to get the win.

"I'm hugely proud, great to have my family here as well and taking over from an English legend is a hugely proud moment for me."

With 384 wickets from 100 Tests at an average of 29.77, Anderson has been England’s premier bowler over the last decade with over 240 wickets coming in the last six years alone.

Reacting to Anderson’s latest achievement, Botham heaped praises on the pacer for having accomplished the incredible feat.

“He has been a joy to watch for more than 12 years in an England shirt and I'm absolutely delighted for him that he has finally overtaken me to be No. 1 on the Test wicket takers list out on his own," Botham wrote in his column for Daily Mirror.

"Because he has been out on his own for years as the leader of England's attack and the finest swing bowler of his generation."

"He hasn't done it the easy way, he has had to work hard for his rewards and he has had to improve along the way to become the complete bowler he is today.”

Despite Anderson’s tremendous impact as England’s main strike bowler over the years, there was been a constant criticism over the pacer’s apparent inability to deliver on docile pitches.

Botham however rubbished those allegations stating that it was difficult to achieve such a feat by being a one-dimensional bowler.

“You don't take as many wickets as he has by being a one-trick pony who can only succeed in swinging or helpful conditions.

"I expect him to go past 400 now and set a record for the ages.

"And I'm glad I was here in Antigua to watch him do it.”

Anderson who made his debut in 2003 is ranked 14th in the list of all-time highest wicket-takers in Test cricket led by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan with 800 scalps.

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