Anderson joins elite 500 group

09 September 2017 04:42:58 GMTPlus10

James Anderson reached the landmark of 500 wickets in Test cricket as England ended day two of the third Test against the West Indies in charge.

Anderson brought up his notable tally by clean bowling Windies opener Kraigg Brathwaite for four as the tourists began their second innings 71 runs in arrears.

I think he can get quite a lot more.

Geoffrey Boycott

Stuart Broad then trapped Kyle Hope right in front for one, before Kieran Powell and Shai Hope battled well to move the tourists to within touching distance of wiping out the deficit.

However, Anderson returned to dismiss Powell for 45, with an absolute jaffa dislodging the left-hander's off bail.

Hope stood firm to be unbeaten on 35 not out at the close of play, with Roston Chase unbeaten on three and the West Indies 93-3, a lead of 22 runs.

Earlier England reached 194 all out in their first innings, with all-rounder Ben Stokes top-scoring with 60 and Broad belting a handy 38 from 45 balls to extend the lead to a more than useful one.

Kemar Roach finished with 5-72, while Windies skipper Jason Holder claimed 4-54.

Anderson became only the sixth man to reach the 500-wicket landmark in Test cricket and just the third fast bowler to do so.

The overall list is headed by Sri Lanka's great off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on 800 wickets, with Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (519) the other two pacemen among the elite group.

And former England captain Geoffrey Boycott believes that there is plenty more to come from Anderson, as long as the 35-year-old can avoid injuries.

He told BBC Test Match Special: "I think he can get quite a lot more. The only thing I don't know is if he can stay fit - if he can, he will get a lot more wickets."

England are 1/1 to win the match and the series, while a Windies victory is now priced at 1/1 and the draw is a distant 1/1.

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