Anderson joins the exclusive 700 club in Test cricket, despite England’s defeat to India

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An Indian cricket team fan waves India’s tricolor after India won the fifth test match against England in Dharamshala, India. (AP )

DHARAMSHALA, India, March 9, (AP): James Anderson became only the third bowler to pick up 700 test wickets but his celebration was muted when England lost by an innings and 64 runs against India in the fifth and final cricket test inside three days.

India scored 477 runs in its first innings while England was 218 and 195 in reply.
Anderson, already the third-highest wicket-taker in test history, joined the 700-club when he dismissed India’s Kuldeep Yadav on Saturday morning at Dharamshala. The England veteran achieved the feat in his 187th test and is the first pace bowler to reach the milestone.

He followed Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets in 133 tests) and Australia’s Shane Warne (708 wickets in 145 tests), both spin bowlers to have achieved the mark.

India had a winning 3-1 lead. It won the fourth test in Ranchi by five wickets to capture the series.
England was in deep trouble and staring at a heavy defeat after being 103-5 at lunch, trailing by 156 runs.
India finished the second day at 473-8, with Yadav (30) and Jasprit Bumrah (20) at the crease. India only added four runs to its overnight score – Anderson had Yadav caught behind in the fourth over of the morning to achieve his milestone.

Then spinner Shoaib Bashir had Bumrah stumped to finish with 5-173. It was his second five-wicket haul in four tests, and he became the first England bowler to achieve the feat before turning 21.

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