England star pacer James Anderson became the sixth bowler to complete 30 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket. The cricketer has now also become the second pacer, after the great Richard Hadlee, to reach his 30 five-wicket hauls.
Anderson achieved the feat during the second day of the second Test between England and Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium on Saturday. The pacer reached the benchmark in his 157th match.
Replacing Stuart Broad for the second Test, England had named James Anderson in the playing XI for the second Test between England and Sri Lanka.
Anderson player a brilliant game in the first innings of Sri Lanka, scalping 6 wickets in the 29 overs he bowled. Coming out to bowl, Anderson dismissed Kusal Perera in the fifth over, restricting him to a single-digit score. His next hunt was Oshada Fernando, who was duck-out.
Continuing his assault, Anderson next dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne, preventing him from completing his half-century. It was at this point when the pacer reached the milestone of 30 five-wicket hauls.
The star of the Sri Lankan innings, Angelo Matthews also yielded to Anderson’s bowling. Ramesh Mendis and Suranga Lakmal also went back to the pavilion for a duck-out at the hands of Anderson.
Anderson has now totalled his Test wickets to 606 wickets. This will be a match-worth remembering for him as the pacer became the first English bowler to pick up 30 five-wicket hauls, surpassing the great Glenn McGrath, who had taken a total of 29 five-wicket hauls in his career.
Anderson has played a total of 14 Test matches against the Sri Lankan team. In all the matches, he has scalped a total of 58 wickets so far.