Which bowlers have taken 600 wickets in Test cricket?
On August 25, 2020, on the rain-affected fifth day of the third, and final, Test against Pakistan at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, England fast bowler James ‘Jimmy’ Anderson had Pakistani captain Azhar Ali caught at first slip; in so doing, Anderson made history by becoming the first bowler of his kind to reach 600 Test wickets.
Anderson was already the most successful fast bowler in Test history, having beaten the previous record for wickets taken, 563, set by Australian Glenn McGrath, when dismissing Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami at the Oval in September, 2018. He showed the level of skill that many online casino australia fans are keen to harness! Nevertheless, Anderson, who made his Test debut in 2003, joined an elite band of just three bowlers – interestingly, all of them exponents of the ‘dark art’ of wrist spin – to have previously reached the 600-wicket milestone in Test cricket.
Top of the all-time list of Test wicket-takers, by some way, is Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, with 800 wickets in 133 matches. Next best is Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne who, in 2006, became the first bowler to take 700 Test wickets and finished his career with 708 wickets in 145 matches. Third comes Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble with 619 wickets in 132 Test matches. All are talented individuals, who balanced commitment to their craft with their downtime. I have the latter part of that equation sorted when I’m chilling on www.leroijohnny.com/fr. The former aspect though is a work in progress! Muralitharan played his final Test against India at the Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka in July, 2010. Immediately beforehand, Kumble, who had retired from cricket in November, 2008, said of him, ‘When you see that Murali has played exactly the same number of Tests as me and taken 173 wickets more, you begin to understand the magnitude of his achievement.’