England’s highest wicketkeeper of all time James Anderson added another feather to his illustrious cap as he picked up a five-wicket run in the run County Championship 2021.
The Lancashire bowler reached a special 1000th wicket milestone in first-class cricket on Monday, the second day of the Group 3 match against Kent.
Before the game, Anderson had 995 red ball skins to his name in the local arena to his name, but as soon as he removed the middle order batter from Kent, Heino Kuhn, the ‘Burnley Express’ etched its name in record books.
The 38-year-old bowled his traditional swing and pulled the batsman to push forward and move through the wicketkeeper to reach the unreal beacon in his celebrated and glorious career.
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“It feels great”: Anderson after reaching the milestone
The last seam bowler to achieve the remarkable feat was legendary Andrew Caddick In 2005, Anderson became the 216th man to reach the benchmark of 1,000 wickets in first-class cricket.
In the match, Anderson picked up two more wickets to complete his 7-wicket run as he rode on his tremendous bowling, and Lancashire bundled Kent for just 74 runs in 26.2 overs. Darren Stevens, with 19, was the highest scorer for Kent in their first innings.
Towards the end of the day, Anderson responded to the special effort he made with the ball, saying he felt good after learning he had completed 1,000 wickets in the home court.
“It feels great. I snatched some of the guys upstairs because I really did not know how many wickets I had taken. At first I thought they were going a little five-for-one over the top, but seeing the reaction of the young people was really special, and chewing the fat with them after the day was really nice , ‘ Anderson said at the end of the days play.
‘I did a lot of work in the nets, and all I thought about today was digging my action and working on a few things – I wanted to make sure I was bowling well and getting into the rhythm. Fortunately, it came down to this today. “ Anderson added.