England’s James Anderson relished the presence of team-mate Alastair Cook after becoming Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker, among seamers, at The Oval in London on Tuesday.
Anderson’s removal of tail-ender on day five of the fifth Test all but sealed a four-one series triumph over India – and saw Anderson surpass Australian Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 wickets.
The veteran Englishman was pleased to complete the feet alongside Cook, who retired from international cricket at the end of the match.
“I’m happy that Cook was on the field to see that wicket, it’s been a tough week,” Anderson told Sky Sports.
“I’m just happy to win the game to be honest. I wasn’t even thinking about the record.”
The veteran right-armer was challenged by a superb partnership between centurions Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant. Leg-spinner Adil Rahid eventually removed both, leaving Anderson to dismiss Shami. The run-out of tail-ender Jasprit Bumrah sealed a 118-run victory for the hosts.
“When they were building that partnership it was looking like they were going to get close. My job was just to try and hold an end and I didn’t think I’d end up bowling 14 overs from that end,” added Anderson.
“But got into a really good rhythm and thankfully Joe Root let me take the new ball eventually and give me half a chance to take that wicket.”