|Full Name:||James Anderson|
|Date of birth:||30 / 07 / 1982|
|Bowling style:||Right arm fast medium|
Fresh from drawing level with Fred Trueman as England's joint-third highest Test wicket-taker of all-time, James Anderson now has Sir Ian Botham in his sights.
Poised on 307 Test scalps at the age of 30, few would bet against swing king Anderson surpassing Botham's country-record 383 wicket-haul.
Anderson had played just three games for his county when he was drafted into England's one-day squad on the tour to Australia in 2002-03.
He took to international cricket like a duck to water, taking four wickets to dismantle Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup and then claiming a one-day hat-trick against the same opponents in the summer of that year.
Yet despite an equally-impressive start to his Test career, Anderson fell down the pecking order. Injuries did not help his cause - he missed nearly the entire 2006 campaign through a stress fracture of the lower back.
His first taste of Ashes action proved a tough baptism of fire. Anderson played in three of the five successive defeats to Australia in the forgettable 2006-07 series, returning home from Down Under with a bowling average of 82.60.
Peter Moores' ascent into the England coaching role in place of Duncan Fletcher coincided with a return to form - and his old methods - and a Man of the Series award in the home series against India in 2007 was a sign of things to come.
When conditions are in his favour Anderson is almost unplayable. At Trent Bridge in 2008 he flattened New Zealand by claiming 7-43 and his record at Nottingham is one which should send shivers down the spines of the Australians.
After only pouching 12 Australia wickets in the victorious 2009 home series, Anderson returned Down Under with a point to prove in 2010-11 and doubled that tally.
The 30-year-old 'Burnley Lara' also holds a batting record for England. He managed 54 knocks before registering his first duck in Test cricket, several of those innings coming in the unrewarding role of nightwatchman.
|5 Wicket Innings:||15|
|10 Wicket Innings:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||7/43|
|5 Wicket Innings:||2|
|10 Wicket Innings:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||5/23|
how is everyone doing ? Wow so who would have predicted that result, a 141 run win. Not me that's for sure , I honestly didn't think South Arfica had much of a chance in the limited overs games. So that...Have Your Say