Anderson relieved to reach milestone

09 September 2017 18:26:02 GMTPlus11

Jimmy Anderson admitted he was relieved to break the 500-Test wicket barrier during day two of England's final Test against West Indies at Lord's.

The 35-year-old Lancastrian player bowled Kraigg Brathwaite shortly after tea to become the sixth bowler to reach the milestone.

Anderson also dismissed Kieran Powell for 45 before the close as West Indies reached 93-3, leading by 22.

Anderson said: "It's surreal thinking about how much cricket I've played and where I've got to in the game.

"The feeling is a bit of everything - relief, then quite emotional.

"There are guys I've played 100 Tests with. It was a special moment to share it with them. Sharing it with my family are in the crowd as well."

England areĀ 2.00 to win the third Test andĀ 101.00 to triumph in the T20 match against the West Indies next Saturday.

Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh are the only bowlers to have taken more Test wickets than Anderson.

Anderson, who is playing in his 129th Test, added: "I was trying to put it out of my mind because the game situation was tight.

"For me, it was getting it out of the way, taking the focus off that and focus on the game."

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