Honours even as Anderson marks milestone

James Anderson joined the 300-wickets club today.
James Anderson joined the 300-wickets club today.

LONDON – James Anderson became the fourth Englishman to take 300 Test wickets during day two of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s today.

Anderson, playing in his 81st Test, removed Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton in the afternoon session to join Sir Ian Botham (383), Bob Willis (325) and Fred Trueman (307) in the exclusive club.

In good conditions for seam bowling, Rutherford edged to Alastair Cook at first slip in Anderson’s opening over and Fulton followed later in the same spell, caught by Graeme Swann at second slip.

“It is huge. It was quite an emotional moment for me and it was great that I could celebrate with all the guys who I have been playing with for so long,” Anderson said later.†He admitted it had been appropriate that his great friend Swann held the catch which brought up the milestone: “It was a nice one for both of us. We get on really well and it was nice that he could take the catch.”

Fulton’s exit left New Zealand struggling on 7-2 early in their reply to England’s 232.

Jonny Bairstow was last out for 41 – the top score of the innings – as England collapsed from their overnight 160 for 4.

Bairstow and fellow Yorkshireman Joe Root negotiated the first hour of the day without undue alarm before Tim Southee removed Root (40), caught behind down the leg side, and Matt Prior, lbw, with successive deliveries.

Southee’s fellow seamer Neil Wagner (3 for 70) followed up with the wickets of Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann and, at that point, England were 201-8 having lost four wickets in 17 deliveries.

Bairstow eked out a few more runs either side of lunch in the company of Steven Finn and Anderson before Southee had him caught-and-bowled to complete figures of 4-58.

The Kiwis ended the day on 153 for 4, still 79 runs behind, and with captain Brendon McCullum on 1 and Kane Williamson, 44. (Sky)††

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