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James Anderson becomes the first seamer to pick 600 wickets in Test cricket –



The Cricket Times

England’s veteran paceman James Anderson etched his name in record books on Day 5 of the final Test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The ‘Burnley Express’ registered his 600th Test wicket by dismissing Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali (31). Anderson got to the landmark in the 62nd over of Pakistan’s second innings.

The 38-year-old has now become only the fourth bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick 600 wickets.

In fact, he is the first seamer to enter the elite club as above him only three bowlers have accomplished this milestone, and all of them are spinners.

The 600 wicket club:

  • 800 – Muttiah Muralitharan (victim: Khaled Mashud)
  • 708 – Shane Warne (victim: Marcus Trescothick)
  • 619 – Anil Kumble (victim: Andrew Symonds)
  • 600 – James Anderson (victim: Azhar Ali)

The Lancashire pacer achieved the feat in his 156th Test while Muralitharan took only 101 games to reach the landmark.

Fastest to 600 Test wickets:

  • 101 matches – Muralitharan
  • 124 matches – Kumble
  • 126 matches – Warne
  • 156 matches – Anderson

Here are James Anderson’s most vital wickets:

  • 1st – Mark Vermeulen
  • 100th – Jacques Kallis
  • 200th – Peter Siddle
  • 300th – Peter Fulton
  • 400th – Martin Guptill
  • 500th – Kraigg Brathwaite
  • 600th – Azhar Ali

Anderson became the third seamer to have 29 five-fers in Tests

On Day 3, Anderson bagged his 29th five-wicket haul during Pakistan’s first innings. With that, he equalled the record of Australian paceman Glenn McGrath who also has 29 five-fors in the longest format of the game. New Zealand pacer Richard Hadlee acquires the top spot with 36 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.

Most five-wicket hauls among pacers:

  • 36 – Richard Hadlee in 86 Tests
  • 29 – G McGrath in 124 Tests
  • 29 – James Anderson in 156 Tests*
  • 27 – Ian Botham in 102 Tests
  • 26 – Dale Steyn in 93 Tests
  • 25 – Wasim Akram in 104 Tests

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Recent Match Report – Kent vs Glamorgan Group 3 2021





Matt Quinn claimed the third Glamorgan wicket to fall but only 6.2 overs were possible

Glamorgan 64 for 3 trail Kent 307 by 243 runs

Glamorgan moved to 64 for 3 against Kent on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, trailing by 243 at stumps after just 6.2 overs were possible due to a waterlogged outfield and then bad light.

Matt Quinn took the only wicket to fall, removing Joe Cooke for 10, leaving him with figures of 2 for 10. Billy Root and Kiran Carlson were the not out batsmen, on 26 and nought respectively.

Play was delayed until 5.19 pm after heavy overnight rain left several areas of the outfield unplayable, with umpire James Middlebrook’s shoes making an audible squelch as he strolled towards the pavilion to deliver the bad news following one of six pitch inspections.

When the action did finally get underway, with around 50 diehard fans still in the ground, Glamorgan resumed on 55 for 2 in reply to Kent’s 307 all out. Just five runs had been added when Quinn knocked back Cooke’s off stump in the 25th over, the batsman failing add to his overnight score.

Root initially looked more comfortable, driving Stevens for four through long-off but then surviving an appeal for caught behind off next delivery.

With the light deteriorating the players went off after just 24 minutes and with increasingly heavy rain falling, play was abandoned for the day. A bleak forecast for Sunday means the Group C game is almost certain to end in a draw.

David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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Recent Match Report – Lancashire vs Northants Group 3 2021




Recent Match Report - Lancashire vs Northants Group 3 2021

Only 11 overs possible at wet Wantage Road, with Keaton Jennings the batter to fall

Lancashire 75 for 1 vs Northamptonshire

Gareth Berg made the only breakthrough for Northamptonshire as just 11 overs were possible on another rain-affected day of this LV= County Championship tie with Lancashire at Wantage Road.

The evergreen seamer found plenty of bounce and movement and claimed his 20th wicket of the season when he enticed Keaton Jennings to drive loosely at a ball outside off stump and edge through to wicketkeeper Adam Rossington, who took a comfortable catch.

With Jennings departing for 27, Alex Davies was joined by Luke Wells and the pair faced a testing spell from Berg and Ben Sanderson, fresh from their 19-wicket demolition of Sussex two weeks ago. They maintained pressure, beating the bat regularly and making it difficult to score.

Davies did manage to break the shackles briefly by cutting a rare wide one from Sanderson for four and later driving him through midwicket for another boundary. By the time play was called off Lancashire had advanced to 75 for 1 after 28.1 overs.

The start of play was delayed until 2.30pm due to a wet outfield after the whole of the second day was lost to heavy rain. Jennings and Davies were resuming on 59 without loss, their fourth 50 opening stand of the season.

After further interruptions due to showers, the umpires called stumps shortly after 4pm following further rain and hail which turned the outfield white as the players left the field.

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WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent




In the ongoing Group 3 match between Kent and Glamorgan of County Championship 2021 at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, a funny incident involving Glamorgan wicketkeeper captain Chris Cooke captured everyone’s attention.

It all happened in the 28th over of Kent’s first innings bowled by Australian pacer Michael Neser. The fast-bowler bowled a short of a good length delivery around the middle and leg stump which was tapped by Sam Billings down to fine leg for a single.

The fielder collected the ball and threw it towards the strikers’ end. Cooke, who was standing behind the wickets, quickly came near the stumps to collect the red leather. The throw was a bit off target and while catching the ball, the wicketkeeper ended up crashing over the stumps before falling onto the ground. As soon as Cooke fell, his teammates couldn’t control their emotions and burst out in laughter.

Here is the video:

Darren Stevens rescues Kent with a sensational ton

After winning the toss, Glamorgan asked Kent to bat first and bundled them out for 307 runs. 45-year-old Darren Stevens was the main highlight in Kent’s innings. The senior lad went on to score 190 from 145 deliveries rescuing his team, which was struggling for 128/8 at one stage.

Stevens formed a 166-run partnership for the 9th wicket with tailender Miguel Cummins, who contributed with just 1 run. It became the highest first-class partnerships in which one player scored more than 90% of the runs.

Stevens smashed 15 fours and as many sixes to score 150 runs by just boundaries out of his total 190 runs knock.

In reply, Glamorgan have made 55/2 in 19.4 overs before the wet outfield stopped play. Stevens, who shined with the bat, proved his mettle in the bowling as well. The all-rounder dismissed Australian batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne for just 11 runs.

WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent

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