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NZ vs ENG 2018: James Anderson Breaks Courtney Walsh’s Record of Most Deliveries in Tests by a Pacer 

NZ vs ENG 2018: James Anderson Breaks Courtney Walsh’s Record of Most Deliveries in Tests by a Pacer
James Anderson has now officially bowled most number of deliveries in Tests.

When the most successful English Test bowler, James Anderson bowled the 17th over in New Zealand’s 2nd innings at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, he broke a unique record held by former Windies legend, Courtney Walsh.

It proves the longevity of the man who made his Test debut way back in 2003 and went to become the most successful English bowler in the longest format of the game.

He bowled 30,020th legal delivery which is more than any fast bowler in the history of the game and just a little less than the former Sri Lankan tweaker Muthiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble.

Earlier the record belonged to Walsh who had sent down 30,019 delivery in his career spanning for 132 Tests and 17 years.

NZ vs ENG 2018: James Anderson Breaks Courtney Walsh's Record of Most Deliveries in Tests by a Pacer 1

The English great got past the likes of Walsh in his 136th encounter for his nation. The English speedster ended the match with 3,074 deliveries under his belt.

Bowler Balls delivered Career span
Muttiah Muralitharan 44,039 133 Tests, 1992-2010
Anil Kumble 40,850 132 Tests, 1990-2008
Shane Warne 40,705 145 Tests, 1992-2007
James Anderson 30,074 136 Tests, 2003-2018
Courtney Walsh 30,019 132 Tests, 1984-2001

 

Anderson before reaching the elusive landmark bagged his maiden wicket of the innings and the 5th of the match when he dismissed southpaw Henry Nicholls.

This was his 531st Test wicket which put him in the bracket of some great bowlers. Among the pacers, he is just behind Glenn McGrath while the three top heads the chart spinners of their generation.

NZ vs ENG 2018: James Anderson Breaks Courtney Walsh's Record of Most Deliveries in Tests by a Pacer 2
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 24: James Anderson of England celebrates with team mates after a successful DRS appeal for the dismissal of Peter Handscomb of Australia for lbw during day two of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 24, 2017, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Bowler Wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan 800
Shane Warne 708
Anil Kumble 619
Glenn McGrath 563
James Anderson 531

 

However, Anderson couldn’t celebrate the occasion with a victory, as Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner defied the English bowlers a win and kept them at bay to secure a draw and enable them to win the series by a 1-0 margin.

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