England legend took a career-best 7-42 in the Windies’ second innings to clinch series win as he surged past 500 career scalps
JAMES ANDERSON has moved up to become Test cricket’s No1 bowler in the world after his record-breaking Lord’s heroics against the West Indies.
The evergreen Lancastrian, 35, first took his 500th career Test wicket, before grabbing a career-best 7-42 in the Windies’ second innings.
The spectacular feat of bowling saw England storm to a nine-wicket win and clinch the three-match Test series 2-1.
Now, 14 years after he made his Test debut, Anderson is set to start this winter’s Ashes series as the best bowler on the planet – with 39 wickets at an average of just 14.1 this summer.
The swing king leapfrogged India’s Ravindra Jadeja to the No1 spot he last held just over a year ago and become the oldest man to reach the summit since Muttiah Muralitharan in 2009.
On his 500th wicket, joining superstars Murali, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh in the elite club, Anderson claimed: “I felt a bit emotional, more than I have before on the field.
“I had family here, my missus, kids, mum and dad and knowing they were in the stand made it even more special.
“And so did sharing it with guys I’ve played more than 100 Tests with – and seeing how pleased they were for me. It all added to the emotion.
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“I wouldn’t say I was teary but I was certainly emotional for a couple of overs.
“It feels good, a bit surreal still and I can’t quite believe I’ve taken this many wickets or played as much cricket as I have.
“I’m relieved more than anything to get it out the way. The match situation is tight so now I can focus fully on that.
“Lord’s is such a special place and to get my first and now my 500th wickets here is something that will live with me for a long time.
“I think you are always improving. I try to soak up as much as I can from coaches and other players – it’s endless how much you can do to improve.
“Milestones are nice but that’s not what drives me. I want to help England win games of cricket.
“I’m loving playing at the minute, bowling well and feeling fit and strong.”
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