CRICKET / Anderson reaches 300-wicket milestone
: James Anderson took his 300th Test wicket and then ended a bold counterattack by New Zealand’s Ross Taylor as England fought back in the first Test on Friday.
The two players lit up a Lord’s bathed in artificial floodlight to counter the overhead gloom of the second day which ended with New Zealand 153 for four in reply to England’s first innings 232, a deficit of 79 runs.
Anderson took the first three wickets to fall, reducing the Black Caps to seven for two before dismissing Taylor who made a scintillating 66.
The 30-year-Anderson, in his 81st match at this level, did not have long to wait for his 299th Test wicket after taking the new ball.
One ball after Hamish Rutherford had cover-driven him for four, Anderson squared him up with an outswinger and England captain Alastair Cook, diving to his right, held an excellent low catch at first slip.
Anderson struck again when the other opener, Peter Fulton, nicked a good length ball low to second slip.
The Lancashire seamer became the fourth England bowler after Fred Trueman, Bob Willis and Ian Botham to take 300 Test wickets.
Taylor, however, responded with the best innings of the match, stroking 13 boundaries — only eight fewer than England managed in its entire innings.
Tim Southee, who removed Joe Root and Prior with successive deliveries, led New Zealand’s attack with four for 58 after England, which continued to find runs hard to come by Friday, resumed on 160 for four. Bairstow (41) was last man out, caught and bowled by Southee. — AFP