Five of James Anderson's most memorable Tests
Last Updated: 17/05/13 4:58pm
Lancashire seamer James Anderson on Friday joined the exclusive club of players to take 300 Test wickets. Here we look at some of his most memorable performances.
May 2003 - v Zimbabwe, Lord's Having made his name with some superb displays in the one-day side, Anderson found himself thrust into the Test arena at the age of just 20. Although the opposition were an unfancied Zimbabwe side, Anderson's performance did little to counteract the growing hype. He took 5-73 in the first innings to put his name on the ground's famous honours board, clean bowling four of his victims.
March 2008, v New Zealand, Wellington Despite his superb start to his Test career, Anderson's stock fell off dramatically due to issues of form and fitness and he was in and out of the side as he worked on a remodelled action. His breakthrough moment came on tour in New Zealand when England surprisingly dropped Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison. Anderson relished being given the new ball and took 5-73 followed by 2-57 in a heavy win, once more cementing his place in the attack.
June 2008, v New Zealand, Trent Bridge Having enjoyed a successful return to the side in Wellington, Anderson underlined his increasing influence when the Black Caps visited England later that summer. In the third Test of the series he ripped through the tourists at a Trent Bridge ground that provided the perfect setting for his brand of swing bowling. He claimed career-best figures of 7-43 in the first innings - the first seven batsmen in the order, no less - before adding two more in the second.
July 2010, v Pakistan, Trent Bridge Another trip to Nottingham and another devastating display of movement through the air from Anderson. Having watched another master of the craft, Mohammad Asif take five wickets, Anderson matched him with 5-54 in the first innings and followed with incredible figures of 6-17 in 15 overs to bundle Pakistan out for just 80 and seal the win. Remarkably, this remains Anderson's only 10-wicket match.
January 2011, v Australia, Sydney Much of the talk prior to the 2010/11 Ashes had focused on how Anderson would fare Down Under - where the combination of the Kookaburra ball, different conditions and a forgettable personal record were thought to make Anderson vulnerable. Instead he showed mighty control throughout the series success, chipping in with important wickets and signing off with match figures of 7-127 in the fifth Test. His efforts helped deliver a third innings success of the series.