James Anderson's career highs and lows after becoming England's leading ODI wicket taker

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James Anderson: Lancashire bowler made England debut back in 2002

James Anderson: Lancashire bowler made England debut back in 2002

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James Anderson overtook Darren Gough as England's leading wicket taker in one-day internationals during the 48-run win over Australia at the Champions Trophy. We take a look back at the major moments in the seamer's career...


July 30: Born in Burnley, Lancashire


Makes first-class debut for Lancashire, playing in 13 matches and taking 50 wickets at an average of 22.28. He is awarded the Denis Compton Award for Lancashire's most promising young player.

December 15: Makes England debut in a One-Day International against Australia.


February: Goes on to appear in the World Cup, the highlight of which sees him take four wickets in a win over Pakistan. However, England are unable to reach the knockout stages of the competition in South Africa.

May 14: Becomes the youngest player to ever take a hat-trick for Lancashire as he achieves the feat for the Red Rose county against Essex.

May 22: Makes his Test debut for England against Zimbabwe at Lord's and takes 5-73 in the first innings.

June 23: Becomes the first England player to take a hat-trick in a One Day International as he helps his side to victory over Pakistan on home soil.

The Lancashire seamer celebrates a wicket during his early years with England


Takes 4-40 to help England draw their Test series in India but a stress fracture of the back leaves him sidelined for the nearly all of the domestic summer.


Struggles during England's Ashes drubbing in Australia, although he does help the tourists win the Commonwealth Bank one-day series. Named in England's World Cup side.


January: Makes international Twenty20 debut in a 77-run defeat to Australia.

July: Takes his 50th Test wicket, India wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni the victim, as he wins man of the series award against India.

August: Claims his 100th ODI wicket in the subsequent series as England claim a first home one-day series win for three years.


Recalled to the Test side after being left out at the start of the tour of New Zealand, taking 5-73 in the second Test as England win the series.

June: Claims career-best Test figures of 7-43 in home series against New Zealand.


June: Part of the England side humbled by Holland in the World Twenty20, despite career-best return of 3-23.

July: Shares a crucial last-wicket stand with Monty Panesar to draw the first Ashes Test at Cardiff. Takes 12 wickets, including a five-wicket haul at Edgbaston, as England reclaim the urn by a 2-1 scoreline. Ends a sequence of 54 Test innings without a duck when he's dismissed without troubling the scorers in the final match of the series at the Oval.

Anderson has been a crucial part of England's one-day set-up since his debut back in 2002

November: Records career-best ODI figures of 5-23 against South Africa.


May: Part of the England squad that wins the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, though left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom is preferred in the starting XI.

July: Takes 5-54 and 6-17 against Pakistan - his first 10-wicket haul for his country in Test action.


January: England win the Ashes Down Under 3-1, with Anderson to the fore with 24 wickets in five Tests, including his 200th victim in the longest form of the game.

August: Takes six wickets at Edgbaston as England beat India and replace them as the world's number one Test side in the ICC rankings.


March: Reaches 250 Test wickets in Galle and moves ahead of Brian Statham as the most prolific Lancastrian bowler in the history of Test cricket.

May: Named England's player of the year for 2011/12.


May: Takes 300th Test wicket, against New Zealand at Lord's, becoming just the fourth English bowler to reach the mark. Peter Fulton is his landmark victim, with Anderson's good friend Graeme Swann taking the catch at second slip to dismiss the Kiwi opener.

June: Overtakes Darren Gough as England's leading wicket taker in ODIs during Champions Trophy win over Australia at Edgbaston. Anderson's haul of 3-30 in the 48-run victary takes him to 237 wickets in his 170th appearance in the format.

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