James Anderson

England
Age
July 30, 1982 (39 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Burnley, Lancashire
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
England
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast medium

James Anderson was born on 30 July 1982 in Burnley, Lancashire. About 38 years later he became the first pacer to reach the 600 Test wickets milestone. Anderson has been playing cricket since the Under-19 times and 20 years later he still going strong at the Test level.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

England, Auckland, England A, England XI, Lancashire Cricket Board, Lancashire, England Under-19

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
194
79
43
273
28
7.58
561
48.66
0
0
23
0
T20I
19
4
3
1
1*
1
2
50
0
0
0
0
Test
163
225
96
1236
81
9.58
3105
39.81
0
1
167
3
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
194
191
9584
7861
269
5/23
4.92
29.22
35.63
11
2
0
T20I
19
19
422
552
18
3/23
7.85
30.67
23.44
0
0
0
Test
163
303
35028
16535
622
7/42
2.83
26.58
56.32
31
30
3
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

James Anderson has been a supremely talented bowler who can swing the ball both ways at will, especially in swing-friendly conditions in England. He was an integral part of 3 Ashes series wins. He was also the first English bowler to reach 500 Test wickets, surpassing Ian Bothom’s 383. He also played for England in ODIs and T20Is.

Test Career

James Anderson was introduced into international cricket pretty early and without much of the first-class experience. The talent was there, too obvious not to be seen. He made the Test debut against Zimbabwe at Lord’s in May 2003 and immediately made his mark with the first of many 5-wicket hauls to skittle Zimbabwe for 147 in the first innings. Anderson took 5 wickets for 73 runs. England won the Test by an innings and 92 runs. In the next Test as well, Anderson took 6 wickets including a 4-wicket haul in the second innings.

In the first away Test match in Sri Lanka, James Anderson took no wickets but in his second away Test held in Mumbai in 2006, he took 6 wickets against India. The same year, Anderson played his first Ashes away from home, picking up 5 wickets in 3 Tests. When India visited England in 2007, Anderson greeted the visitors with a 5-wicket haul in the first innings.

In 2008, in a home Test against New Zealand, Anderson produced a Man of the Match performance by taking 7 wickets for 43 runs. He took 9 wickets in that Test. His best bowling figures in Test came against the West Indies at Lord’s when he took 7 wickets for 42 runs.

The Ashes played against arch-rivals Australia have always been an essential part of a career of any English cricketer. James Anderson played 9 Ashes series since 2006. He has taken 104 Ashes wickets – 60 wickets in Australia and 44 wickets in England – at an average of 34.56. In his presence, England won 3 consecutive Ashes in 2009, 2010 and 2013. Anderson took 68 wickets in those three series. The 24 wickets in the 2010 Ashes series away from home was his best performance. The 6 wickets for 47 runs in the 2015 Ashes were his best Ashes bowling figures.

Anderson has taken more than 100 wickets at a single venue. He has 103 wickets at the famous Lord’s ground. He took more than 100 wickets against two oppositions – India and Australia. He has 110 wickets against India and 104 wickets against Australia followed by 93 wickets against South Africa. Anderson crossed the 50-wicket mark in a calendar year three times in his career – 2010 (57 wickets), 2013 (52 wickets) and 2017 (55 wickets).

Anderson was lethal in England. He took whopping 384 wickets in England in 89 Tests – one more than Ian Botham took in his entire career – at an average of 23.83 while in the away or neutral conditions he took 216 wickets at an average of close to 32. The huge difference in averages is attributed to the swing-friendly conditions at home and not so much away from home.

In 2020, in a series against Pakistan Anderson reached the milestone of 600 Test wickets, becoming the first pace bowler to achieve the feat. He is fourth in the list of all-time highest wicket-takers in Tests. Overall, Anderson has played 156 Tests so far and bowled more than 33-thousand deliveries to pick up 600 wickets at an average of 26.79. We might never see another pacer last that long and pick as many wickets in Test cricket.

ODI Career

James Anderson first appeared on the international scene in ODIs. He made his ODI debut after just 3 matches in his List A career for Lancashire. He made the ODI debut against Australia in Melbourne on 15 December 2002. He took 1 wicket for 46 runs in the 6 over spell in the lost match.

Anderson got an entry in the 2003 World Cup squad. His first Man of the Match performance came against the Netherlands when he took 4 wickets for 25 runs followed by another MOM performance of 4 for 29 against Pakistan. Anderson played 4 ODI World Cups, taking 27 wickets with the 2003 ODI World Cup being the best with 10 wickets. The 2015 ODI World was his last appearance in ODI cricket.

Like in Tests, Anderson has taken most wickets (40) against India in ODIs as well followed by 38 wickets against Australia and 34 wickets against Sri Lanka. Of the 269 ODI wickets, 131 have come at home. The year 2003 has been the best year of his career with 41 wickets in 24 ODIs at an average of just 22.53. Anderson got eleven 4-wicket hauls and just two 5-wicket hauls in ODIs – against South Africa and New Zealand.

Overall, James Anderson played 194 ODIs for England, claiming 269 wickets at an average of 29.22 and a commendable economy rate of under just 5 runs per over.

T20I Career

T20 cricket was the most unnatural for James Anderson who was a purist and was very fond of Test cricket. It was evident from the debut itself that Anderson was not cut out for the shortest format of the game. In his debut match against Australia in 2007 he was clobbered by Ponting and co. for 64 runs in 4 overs as Australia piled on 221 in the first innings.

Anderson’s T20I career lasted just 2 more years, until 2009. In his short T20I career, he played 19 matches, picking up 18 wickets at an average of 30.66 and an economy of close to 8 runs per over. His best bowling figures – 3 wickets for 23 runs in 4 overs – came in a lost cause against the Netherlands in the 2009 ICC T20 World Cup in England. Anderson played only 7 T20I matches after that.

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