Anderson becomes England’s all-time leading wicket taker surpassing Ian Botham

Anderson becomes England’s all-time leading wicket taker surpassing Ian Botham

Written by Staff Writer

18 Apr, 2015 | 12:17 pm

James Anderson became England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, but he and the rest of the England attack couldn’t force victory in the first Test in Antigua on Friday, April 17, as hosts West Indies gallantly held out for a draw, with 23 year-old Jason Holder scoring an unbeaten century in only his fourth Test.

At the start of the fifth and final day’s play in the first Test between West Indies and England in Antigua, the home side stood at 98 for two in their second innings. The winning target was 438, but with England needing just eight wickets, the tourists were heavy favourites. At 189 for six just after lunch, it seemed only a matter of time before England’s bowlers would wrap up the win. However, Dinesh Ramdin and Jason Holder stuck to their task and added 105 for the seventh wicket.

Ramdin reached 57 before he was well caught at first slip by England captain Alastair Cook that took him past Botham and Anderson is now in the record books as England’s all-time record wicket-taker at 384.

Holder and Kemar Roach saw out the remaining overs, with Holder, playing in only his fourth Test match hitting a maiden and unbeaten Test century.

Holder made 103 from 149 balls, hitting 15 fours, and was named man of the match for a courageous match-saving effort.

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