England’s Anderson wins 1000th First Class wicket

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London (AFP)

England leader James Anderson won his 1,000th first-class wicket in a 7-19 career best spell for Lancashire against Kent in the County Championship on Monday.

The wicket came in hallmark fashion, an outswinger that Kent batsman Heino Kuhn edged out at Old Trafford, with wicket keeper Dane Vilas taking the hold.

It was the 38-year-old paceman’s fifth scalp of Kent’s innings and saw him elevate another notable milestone in a career in which he broke Test of England records for appearances and wickets.

Anderson finished in the opening innings with seven wickets in his 10 overs as Lancashire knocked out Kent for just 74 in 26.2 overs. He received a standing ovation from the crowd.

England Cricket tweeted a goat emoji, which has become a shorthand for “the greatest of all time,” adding: “Congratulations on 1,000 first class wickets.”

Anderson, who turns 39 this month, made his first class debut for Lancashire in 2002.

Most of his first-class wickets have come in test matches – he has 617 wickets in 162 tests, just two behind retired Indian spinner Anil Kumble, who is third on the all-time list.


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