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James Anderson: Five Standout Bowling Moments

England great James Anderson's extraordinary 21-year Test career will end this week when the paceman bows out in the series opener against the West Indies at Lord's. Let's looks back at five standout moments from Anderson's career.

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By AFP News July 10, 2024 • 08:49 AM
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England great James Anderson's extraordinary 21-year Test career will end this week when the paceman bows out in the series opener against the West Indies at Lord's.

AFP Sport looks back at five standout moments from the 41-year-old Anderson's previous 187 Tests, which have yielded 700 wickets so far.

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First of many

Everyone has to start somewhere and for Anderson his first Test wicket came on debut against Zimbabwe at Lord's in May 2003, when the then 20-year-old produced a superb ball that clipped the top of Mark Vermeulen's off stump.

Ashes double-strike

An Ashes triumph against arch-rivals Australia remains the yardstick by which many England cricketers are judged, particularly if that success takes place "Down Under".

Since the end of World War II, England have won just five Ashes series in Australia.

One of those was in 2010/11, when England, having drawn the first Test in Brisbane, won the second at Adelaide after Anderson had Australia captain Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke both edging to second slip Graeme Swann.

England won that match by an innings and 71 runs and the series 3-1, with Anderson taking 24 wickets across the five Tests.

Triumph over Tendulkar

Getting the better of India's Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, would be a sweet success at any time and doing so in India all the more so.

Yet Anderson dismissed the "Little Master" on a spinners' pitch at Kolkata's Eden Gardens in December 2012 when he found the outside edge of Tendulkar's bat, although it needed a good low catch by wicketkeeper Matt Prior to complete the dismissal.

It was just one of several contributions Anderson made to England's 2-1 series win -- the last time any visiting team has won a Test series in India.

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