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Jimmy Anderson hopes for wickets record

Posted on March 21, 2013 by Selby There have been 0 comments


Jimmy Anderson is looking at the New Zealand v England Test at Eden Park as a further step towards becoming England’s leading wicket taker.

Anderson needs only 3 wickets to surpass Derek Underwood’s tally of 297 wickets before concentrating on the top 3 bowlers. As he moves in the direction of Ian Botham’s record of 383 wickets taken over a total of 102 matches he is not helped by the New Zealand surfaces which have so far been flat and relatively unresponsive.

Cricket memorabilia from the New Zealand v England Test and ODI series is very popular especially signed cricket bats and match used cricket balls, so far this winter in the Southern Hemisphere has been excellent for both.

Having averaged an enviable 30 wickets per year so far it is really about all about how long he can continue playing at Test level. Best of luck to him.

It is interesting to note the following stats:

Ian Botham                   383 wickets per 102 matches played (28.4)

Bob Willis                      325 wickets per 90   matches played (25.2)

Freddie Trueman         307 wickets per 67 matches played (21.5)

Derek Underwood      297 wickets per 86 matches played (25.8

Jimmy Anderson         295 wickets per 79 matches played (30.4)

As is evident from the bowling averages my number one bowler Freddie Trueman comes in first as expected with an average of 21.5 and note that he only played 67 matches to achieve 307 wickets.

Without Kevin Peterson tomorrow England have it all to do, anyway let’s hope the rain keeps off and that the wicket for the deciding Test of the series at Eden Park, offers more to the bowlers.

Tony Selby 

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