James Anderson

Country: England
Born: July 30, 1982, Burnley, Lancashire
Height: 6ft 2in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

James Anderson Bio

James Michael Anderson, commonly known as James Anderson, is an English professional cricket player. Born on July 30, 1982, in Burnley, Lancashire, England, Anderson has established himself as one of the most skilled and prolific fast bowlers in the history of English cricket. His expertise lies in swing bowling, especially on his home grounds, showcasing his artistry and placing him among the ranks of the greatest swing bowlers of all time.

Anderson’s career has primarily revolved around Test cricket, where he has consistently displayed his mastery of swing bowling. He has been a crucial part of three victorious Ashes campaigns and holds the record for the most Test wickets by an English bowler, surpassing Ian Botham’s previous benchmark of 383. In September 2017, he earned his 500th Test wicket by dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite in a Lord’s Test against the West Indies. This milestone made him only the sixth player, and third pace bowler seamer after Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh, to achieve this feat.

As his career progressed, Anderson continued to climb the all-time Test wicket-takers list, overtaking Anil Kumble and setting his sights on the 700-mark. Even as he surpassed the age of 40, Anderson remained an exceptional player, showcasing his skill and craftsmanship on the field. Despite missing out on the 2019 Ashes due to injury, he persevered and continued to thrive, proving that age was not a barrier to his performance.

Off the field, Anderson has displayed a contrasting persona. Known to be shy and uncommunicative, except in the company of his close friends, he has often faced criticism for his verbal aggression on the field. He has defended his aggressive behavior, arguing that it is necessary for him to conquer his diffident character.

Anderson’s cricket journey began when he was hurriedly included in England’s one-day squad for the 2002-03 series in Australia as cover for Andy Caddick. Despite his initial lack of experience, he quickly made an impact with a remarkable ten-over spell at Adelaide, costing only 12 runs. This outstanding performance earned him a spot in England’s World Cup squad, where he produced a match-winning spell against Pakistan but faced disappointment in the last over against Australia.

In the early years of his international career, Anderson displayed inconsistency in his bowling, alternating between remarkable spells and poor performances. However, he underwent changes to his bowling action to avoid injury, which affected his pace and rhythm for a couple of years. A stress fracture kept him out of most of 2006, but he made a comeback during the 2007-08 tour of New Zealand, where he partnered with Stuart Broad for the first time and demonstrated his potential with a remarkable performance at Trent Bridge.

The year 2010 proved to be a turning point in Anderson’s career. Recognizing the need to focus on line and length rather than relying solely on “magic balls,” he transformed his approach and became an all-round fast bowler. With his increased range of weapons, including conventional swing, seam, and reverse swing, he asserted himself as one of the most complete fast bowlers in the world. This transformation allowed him to excel on any surface and increased the pressure on batsmen with his economy rate.

Throughout his career, Anderson has consistently shattered records and achieved milestones. From surpassing Lancashire’s record for the most Test wickets to becoming the fourth England bowler to reach 300 Test wickets, he has left an indelible mark on English cricket. His ability to adapt, persevere, and continuously improve his skills has solidified his position as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time.

Aside from his bowling prowess, Anderson has also displayed proficiency in batting, with his left-hand batting skills steadily improving over the years. He has served England as a nightwatchman on numerous occasions and has been an outstanding fielder, showcasing his agility and sharpness in catching positions.

James Anderson’s contributions to English cricket extend beyond his statistics and records. His dedication, determination, and passion for the game have been inspirational to future generations of cricketers. As he continues to grace the field, Anderson’s legacy as a true cricketing artist and a maestro of swing bowling is firmly established in the annals of English cricket history.

James Anderson Career Stats

James Anderson Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 183 256 110 1340 81 9.17 3378 39.66 0 1 182 3 105 0
T20Is 19 4 3 1 1* 1 2 50 0 0 0 0 3 0
ODIs 194 79 43 273 28 7.58 561 48.66 0 0 23 0 53 0
FC 292 371 156 2026 81 9.42 - - 0 1 - - 163 0
List A 261 105 63 376 28 8.95 - - 0 0 - - 68 0
T20s 44 10 6 23 16 5.75 26 88.46 0 0 3 0 8 0

James Anderson Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 183 341 39217 18234 690 7/42 11/71 26.42 2.78 56.8 32 32 3
T20Is 19 19 422 552 18 3/23 3/23 30.66 7.84 23.4 0 0 0
ODIs 194 191 9584 7861 269 5/23 5/23 29.22 4.92 35.6 11 2 0
FC 292 - 58215 27153 1104 7/19 - 24.59 2.79 52.7 48 54 6
List A 261 - 12730 10230 358 5/23 5/23 28.57 4.82 35.5 11 2 0
T20s 44 44 933 1318 41 3/23 3/23 32.14 8.47 22.7 0 0 0

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