Anderson played with more than 100 players from England, but missed the world record, remained behind Sachin

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. England cricket team's fast bowler James Anderson's retirement from international cricket will be like the end of a golden era. Playing cricket as a fast bowler till the age of 42 shows his passion for the game. James is playing the last Test of his career against West Indies (England vs West Indies) at Lord's ground, known as the Mecca of cricket. As soon as the Test is over, his golden journey of international cricket will come to an end and 'former cricketer' will be added to his name.

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Fans are flocking to see the farewell test of this champion player. James aka Jimmy Anderson's cricket journey has been long as well as full of success. India's Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of playing the most 200 Tests, Jimmy is also not far behind him. The current Test against the Indies is the 188th Test of his career and playing so many matches as the team's leading fast bowler makes his achievement even 'bigger'. Anderson's ball speed may not be the same as before, but he is still useful with his swing and variation. Anderson can be credited with raising the flag of fast bowling amidst the dominance of spinners among the top 'wicket takers' of Test cricket.

James Anderson, who made his international debut at the age of 20, has an admirable passion for cricket. James Anderson/X

At one time the top three bowlers with the most wickets in Test cricket were spinners (Muralitharan, Warne and Kumble), but breaking this empire, Anderson is now the number three bowler in the world. In 187 Tests, he has taken 700 wickets at an average of 26.52, during which he has taken 5 or more wickets in an innings 32 times and 10 or more wickets in a match thrice. Jimmy, who started his career by playing a Test against Australia in Melbourne in December 2002, has the best performance of 7 wickets for 42 runs, which he made at Lord's in September 2017. His international wicket count has reached 987 with 269 wickets in 194 ODIs and 18 wickets in 19 T20Is.

This record is in the name of Gooch who played Test matches with 109 teammates
Anderson made many records in his 22-year long international cricket career. He has played with 109 England players in his long Test career. The record for playing with the most number of teammates in Tests is held by England's Graham Gooch, who has played with the most number of teammates i.e. 113. In this case, the second highest record holder in the same country is Frank Woolley (111) and the third highest record holder in the world is India's Sachin Tendulkar (110). After Anderson, who is at the fourth highest record, comes England's Wally Hammond, who has played with 106 teammates in Test cricket.

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Collingwood played even after Anderson and Trott became coaches

Famous England players who played with Anderson include Paul Collingwood, Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Jonathan Trott, Graeme Swann, Geraint Jones and Monty Panesar. All these cricketers made their debut after Anderson and have now retired. Some of these players are now playing the role of coach or selector of various teams. Collingwood has been the interim coach and assistant coach of England while Andrew Strauss has held the responsibility of Director of England Cricket. Similarly, Jonathan Trott is currently the head coach of the Afghanistan team.

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Many old teammates are playing the role of commentators and selectors
Most of the players from other countries who played against Anderson are also working as commentators, coaches or selectors after retirement. Australia's Stuart Law, who made his debut after this dashing England bowler, was the coach of the US team in the T20 World Cup 2024. Dwayne Bravo, who came into international cricket after him, was associated with the coaching staff of the Afghanistan team, while Morne Markel was the bowling coach of Pakistan till some time ago. Among the current cricketers, Shoaib Malik is perhaps the only player who made his international debut before Anderson and has not yet announced 'full' retirement. Malik has retired from Tests and ODIs, but he has declared himself available for the Pakistan team for T20. India's Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, who played cricket with James, have also played innings as national coaches.

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Pujara was a special target in the test, he also troubled Kohli

India's Cheteshwar Pujara is known for his strong defense but Anderson has dismissed him the most number of times in Test cricket i.e. 13 times. Apart from this, Sachin Tendulkar has fallen prey to Anderson 9 times. In the 2014 Test series, Virat Kohli was also troubled a lot by Anderson. When Team India went on a tour of England in 2014, Anderson tested Virat's technique with his swing balls. This fast bowler dismissed Virat in 4 out of 6 innings. This series was very disappointing for Virat and he could not even score a half-century during this period. However, after this, in the Test series between Virat, England and India, Anderson and the England team have given a befitting reply with the bat.

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