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England’s James Anderson becomes greatest fast bowler in Test history

Staff writers, September 13, 2018 7:04AM News Corp Australia Network

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England's James Anderson (left) celebrates with England's Jonny Bairstow after taking the wicket of India's Mohammed Shami. Picture: AFP media_cameraEngland's James Anderson (left) celebrates with England's Jonny Bairstow after taking the wicket of India's Mohammed Shami. Picture: AFP


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CRICKET: James Anderson says he has no plans to retire yet after overtaking Glenn McGrath to become the highest fast bowling wickettaker in Test history as the Australian challenged the Englishman to reach 600 wickets.

Anderson went past McGrath’s tally of 563 wickets while playing India at the Oval this week.

The Lancashire swing bowler, with 564 wickets, now trails just the spin trio of Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619) on the all-time list.

“When I sit down at the end of my career, when I finish, it will mean a hell of a lot to me to be able to see what I’ve achieved,” he said.

“But right now it’s hard when you put all your energy into the present and trying to perform well for England. That’s all I really focus on.”

McGrath congratulated Anderson but urged him to go on and reach the 600 mark.

“If he can raise the bar to 600 wickets, that’s an incredible effort,” McGrath told BBC radio.

Panthers media media_cameraTyrone Peachey no longer wants to play for the Titans. Picture. Phil Hillyard

NRL: Gold Coast boss Graham Annesley has warned Tyrone Peachey faces three years on the sidelines if the NSW Origin ace backflips* on his $1.5 million Titans deal.

The Peachey contract saga* took a dramatic twist yesterday when the Titans were rocked by claims the Panthers star had instructed his manager he wants to stay at Penrith for family reasons.

“We’ve just built (a house) in Penrith and the missus (his wife) is real comfortable in that place,” Peachey said. “I spoke to my manager and told him what I want to happen.”

However, Titans CEO Graham Annesley said the club won’t release Peachey and expect him to honour his deal.

“The situation from our point of view is very simple,” Annesley said.“Tyrone signed a legally binding contract which we expect him to honour.”


backflips: change of mind

saga: drama

honour: stick to an agreement


1. Where does James Anderson sit on the list of all-time Test wickettakers?

2. How much is Tyrone Peachey’s Titans contract worth?


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