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James Anderson: England bowler regains number one Test ranking

Anderson returned match figures of 9-73 at Lord’s England seamer James Anderson has reclaimed the number one Test bowling ranking following his career-best 7-42 against West Indies at Lord’s. The 35-year-old became the first Englishman to take 500 Test wickets in the series-clinching nine-wicket win. He moved above India’s Ravindra Jadeja to become the oldest bowler to top the International Cricket Council rankings since Muttiah Muralitharan in 2009. Anderson first topped the rankings in August 2016. England’s Ben Stokes, who took 6-22 and made 60 in the first innings at…

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James Anderson ‘will be 100% the best fast bowler ever’ – Alec Stewart

Watch Anderson take 500th Test wicket James Anderson will be “100% the best fast bowler ever” if he passes Glenn McGrath’s record of 563 Test wickets, says ex-England captain Alec Stewart. On day two of the deciding Test match against West Indies at Lord’s, 35-year-old Anderson became the first England bowler to reach 500 wickets. “He’s a great of the game,” Stewart told BBC Radio 5 live. “His longevity is remarkable. “If he plays for another four years he will get another 130-150 wickets.” Anderson reached the milestone when he…

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James Anderson: England bowler takes 500th Test wicket

Anderson takes 500th Test wicket James Anderson has become the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets. The Lancashire player, 35, reached the milestone when he bowled Kraigg Brathwaite on day two of the final Test against West Indies at Lord’s. Anderson is only the sixth bowler – and third seamer – to reach 500, and the five ahead of him have retired. Brathwaite’s dismissal in the final session left West Indies 6-1 in their second innings, trailing by 65. Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the Test record…

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Steven Finn: Middlesex tie England pace bowler to new contract

Finn has taken 125 wickets in 36 Test matches for England England pace bowler Steven Finn has signed a new contract with Middlesex. Lancashire had recently confirmed their interest in signing Finn, 28, who was in the final year of his contract. Middlesex, county champions in 2016, describe the new contract for their longest-serving player as “multi-year” but have not disclosed its length. “The club has come a long way since I first played for it. We are still developing, and that is something I am excited about being part…

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James Anderson: England bowler says it is ‘surreal’ to bowl at end named after him

James Anderson is England’s leading wicket-taker in Test match cricket, with 484 dismissals to his name Fourth Investec Test, Old Trafford, day two England 362 (108.4 overs): Bairstow 99, Stokes 58, Rabada 4-91 South Africa 220-9 (68.3 overs): Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-33, Broad 2-45 England lead by 142 runs Scorecard England’s James Anderson says it felt “surreal” to be bowling from the end bearing his name at Old Trafford. The 35-year-old finished with 4-35 on his home ground, as South Africa finished day two on 220-9, still trailing the hosts…

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Mathew Pillans: Surrey bowler extends Leicestershire loan deal

Mathew Pillans has also performed with the bat for Leicestershire, scoring 56 against Northamptonshire in the Championship on his debut Leicestershire have extended Surrey fast bowler Mathew Pillans’ loan deal by a further month. South Africa-born Pillans will remain at Grace Road for the T20 Blast group stage, and will be available for their Championship match against Durham. Since his arrival in June he has taken six wickets in five T20 Blast matches, with figures of 3-33 in Friday’s rain-affected defeat against Northampton. In the Championship, the 26-year-old has claimed…

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Luke Fletcher: Play suspended as Nottinghamshire bowler suffers head injury

Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher suffered a serious-looking head injury in his side’s T20 Blast match against Birmingham at Edgbaston. The 28-year-old was struck on the head by a straight drive from Sam Hain and was bleeding but managed to walk off the pitch with the help of a physio. Players from both sides were visibly shaken by the incident, with the match held up while the injury was assessed. The match resumed after a delay of more than 30 minutes. Fletcher’s Nottinghamshire team-mate Brendan Taylor was quick to wish his…

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Jake Ball: Nottinghamshire bowler to miss One-Day Cup final and South Africa Test

Jake Ball has taken two Test wickets and 20 wickets in 14 one-day internationals for England Nottinghamshire pace bowler Jake Ball will miss Saturday’s One-Day Cup final and England’s first Test against South Africa because of a knee injury. Ball, 26, was hurt during Notts’ Championship match with Kent on Tuesday and scans revealed damage which is likely to keep him out for two weeks. “We’ll miss him for what will be a really tough game against Surrey,” said Notts head coach Peter Moores. England’s four-match series with South Africa…

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Olly Stone: ‘Old-fashioned handshake’ now for Warwickshire fast bowler

Olly Stone injured himself celebrating the wicket of Moeen Ali in the T20 Blast last season Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone is finally close to making his Bears debut after a year out with the knee injury he suffered with Northamptonshire prior to his winter move to Edgbaston. And the ex-England Under-19s captain is so keen to recharge his career that he will tone down the wicket celebrations that caused his freak injury. “I’ve had jokes about whether I’m still going to celebrate wickets,” he said. “I might go back…

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Champions Trophy: Pakistan bowler Wahab Riaz ruled out with ankle injury

Wahab Riaz conceded 87 runs in 8.4 overs at Edgbaston ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Venues: The Oval, Edgbaston, Cardiff Dates: 1-18 June Coverage: Highlights every evening on BBC Two, ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; in-play highlights and text commentary on the BBC Sport website Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz will miss the rest of the Champions Trophy after suffering an ankle injury in the Group B defeat by India on Sunday. Pakistan lost the rain-shortened match by 124 runs at Edgbaston. Wahab, who…

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