By the numbers: James Anderson’s road to 400 Test wickets


England fast bowler James Anderson has reached a historic milestone for the Three Lions, taking his 400th Test wicket, that of Martin Guptill , in the first innings of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley.

Guptill was caught at second slip by Ian Bell to a ball that did just enough to find the outside edge as the batsman just prodded forward.

Let's have a look at some of the facts and figures surrounding Jimmy's rise to this peak in the 12 years since his Test debut.

0 – England bowlers to reach this milestone before Anderson.

11 – Other bowlers to reach 400. Anderson is the 12th, and New Zealand's Richard Hadlee was the first.

104 – Tests Anderson played to reach 400 wickets.

29.37 – Test bowling average. His average away from home is nearly 35. His average at Headingley is a touch above 43.

32 – His age. His birthday will be in the middle of the Ashes.

19 – Age on Test debut. His first game was against Zimbabwe at Lord's in 2003.

Mark Vermeulen – Jimmy's first wicket. The Zimbabwe opener was out for one in the sixth over, clean bowled.

5-73 – Debut innings figures. The blonde-tipped paceman recorded his maiden five-fer at the same time.

17 – Five-fers. He added another 16 to the Michelle he took on his debut, as well as 22 four-fers and two 10-fers.

13 – Fives at home. Anderson is infamously far superior in home conditions, with the vast majority of his wickets, and big hauls, coming in the UK.

2 – Years on the sidelines, from late 2003 to early 2006. In that time he played five Tests, and from January 2005 to March 2006 he was out of the side completely.

7/43 – Best innings figures. Taken against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in 2008.

11/71 – Best match figures. Taken in July 2010 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge – 7/54 and 6/17. The Nottingham venue is by far his most prolific ground.

100 – His three-figure wicket was South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who Anderson, in his 29th Test, removed for two.

200 – Australia's Peter Siddle was his 200th victim, in December 2010.

300 – New Zealand opener Peter Fulton was the 300th scalp, in May 2013 at Lord's. Anderson became the fourth England bowler to pass that landmark.

11 – Bunny. He's dismissed Australia tail-ender Siddle 11 times. In terms of proper batsmen, he's removed Sachin Tendulkar and Michael Clarke nine times each.

109 – Openers removed. Obviously, given he takes the new ball, the bulk of his wickets are opening batsmen, nearly double the next category. Number four is his next best, 54 times, and no other position is above 40. His least prolific position is number 11, with 19 wickets.