“Even Before McCullum Made His Debut”- A Statistician Shares Mind-Boggling Stat About James Anderson

James Anderson is one of the most experienced fast bowlers playing in Test cricket right now. The veteran pacer made his return to the England cricket team a few days ahead of his 40th birthday. He played a match-winning role for the England cricket team in their first match of the home summer against the New Zealand cricket team.

Anderson removed both openers of the New Zealand cricket team early in the first innings of the Lord’s Test and set the tone for the match. Tom Latham and Will Young were the first two victims of Anderson. The veteran fast bowler also took the wickets of Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee to complete his four-wicket haul.

It was a start of a new era for the England cricket team with Ben Stokes as Test captain and Brendon McCullum as Test coach. After Anderson completed his four-wicket haul in the first innings, a popular statistician pointed out how Anderson took a five-wicket haul at Lord’s in Tests even before Brendon started his career as a player.

“James Anderson in: Jun 2022 – Takes 4/66 at Lord’s under Brendon McCullum coaching.                                                        May 2003 – Takes 5/73 at Lord’s even before Brendon McCullum made his Test debut as a player,” wrote the Twitter user.

James Anderson took 2 more wickets in the Lord’s Test match

Anderson’s four-wicket haul helped the England cricket team bowl the New Zealand cricket team out for 132 runs in the first innings. England then took a nine-run first-innings lead by scoring 141 runs.

Tom Blundell and Daryl Mitchell played well in the second innings and helped the New Zealand cricket team set a 277-run target for the home side. Anderson took two wickets in the second innings. He first dismissed Will Young again and then sent Blundell back to the dressing room four runs short of his century.

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