Even though ace English pacer James Anderson might have failed to inspire his side to register a win in the second Test at Christchurch against New Zealand, the lanky pacer achieved a record that puts him in a list of greats of the game.
James Anderson on Tuesday became the fast bowler to have bowled most deliveries in Test cricket as England chased victory against New Zealand in the second Test of the series at Christchurch.
When Anderson sent down his 30,020th delivery, he went past West Indies great Courtney Walsh who had bowled 30,019 deliveries in Test cricket.
Midway through the final day of the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch, he overtook the previous record of 30,019 held by West Indies great Courtney Walsh who retired in 2001.
During his career, Walsh took 519 wickets at 24.44 while Anderson has 531 dismissals at 27.34.
Anderson is now fourth on the list of players to have bowled the most deliveries in Test cricket with the top three all spinners, headed by Sri Lanka´s Muttiah Muralitharan with 44,039, Anil Kumble with 408,50 at number two while Shane Warne with his 407,05 deliveries has the third spot.
In 2015, Anderson became England’s leading Test wicket-taker. Last year, against West Indies, he took his 500th Test wicket.
England won the five-match ODI series 3-2 against New Zeland and lost the two-match Test series 1-0.