England veteran James Anderson on Wednesday met with former skipper Alastair Cook on the elusive list of the most test hats for the Three Lions
The 38-year-old pacer took his 161st test for England as he took over New Zealand in the first match of the two-test rubber. Anderson is already tied with Cook on the list of players who have played most of the tests in his career.
Sachin Tendulkar (200) is first on the list, followed by Australian duo Ricky Ponting (168) and Steve Woo (168). The next three names are the South African Jacques Kalis (166), the West Indian dasher S Chanderpaul (164) and the Indian Rahul Dravid (164).
Prior to the test against New Zealand at Lord’s, Anderson had said he had never imagined reaching a milestone, describing the achievement as “mind-boggling”.
“I never imagined that I would reach this point in a million years. Surely bowling to play that amount of games is … I don’t know what the word is. But it’s a little mind-boggling for me.
“I feel really honored to be able to do it because it’s such an amazing thing to do. I absolutely love test cricket. I have a huge passion for this. When I grew up, all I wanted to do was play test cricket for England and I’m honored to be able to do it for so long, “Anderson told ESPNCricinfo.
Anderson is also eight wickets to fill 1,000 wickets in first-class cricket.
“At the moment, I don’t know if it’s possible to take so many first-class weekends. With the amount of cricket played, it seems that there is not so much longevity in bowling anymore and there is a lot of T20 cricket and whatever else is happening around the world. It feels great, “he said.