Anderson looks ahead to 400 Test wickets

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England fast bowler James Anderson says he can become the first Three Lions player to take 400 Test wickets, as long as he stays fit and keeps the young and upcoming pacemen from taking his place in the side.

England fast bowler James Anderson says he can become the first Three Lions player to take 400 Test wickets, as long as he stays fit and keeps the young and upcoming pacemen from taking his place in the side.

Anderson is second on the all-time list with 329 wickets, with former all-rounder Ian Botham leading the field with 383 scalps. Anderson is 31 years old and has played 87 Tests, so conceivably has a few more years in the tank.

Anderson told Cricinfo: "Just 71 more! I don't know. I'd like to think if I can stay fit, then I can do it. Because if I'm still playing in a couple of years' time, I've got to keep taking wickets to stay in the team.

"At the moment I'm really enjoying playing and being part of a successful team. That's what makes me happy and why I keep getting out of bed.

"Even when I started my international career I didn't think I'd get anywhere near that number of wickets, so being second on the list is still quite hard to believe."

Anderson will get the chance to add a few more scalps to his tally when England face Australia in the Ashes Down Under next month, with five Tests ample time to cut down Botham's lead.

Anderson handed some of the credit for his success to England bowling coach David Saker, who has famously called Anderson 'the most skillful' fast bowler in the world, and the respect appeared to be mutual.

The Lancashire man added of the bowling mentor's strengths: "There are still occasions when I need some technical advice. He's great at that too.

"Working out a batsman is something I've always enjoyed, and I think I'm fairly good at working out someone when I'm out there on the field, but I think actually planning and looking at video footage of people – that's an area that's got better over the years and he's great at that."

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