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Sir Ian Botham congratulates Lancashire's James Anderson

Sir Ian Botham has congratulated Lancashire's James Anderson after he broke the former England star's record for Test match wickets.

Anderson breaks England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker record

England fast bowler James Anderson has beaten Sir Ian Botham's all-time England wicket taking record of 383.

James Anderson Credit: Press Association

He reached 384 in his 100th Test when Denesh Ramdin was caught by captain Alastair Cook off the Burnley man's bowling, levelling the mark set by England's greatest all-rounder 23 years ago - also in his 100th Test.

The Lancastrian got a flying start 12 years ago as a precocious fast bowler who made short work of fragile Zimbabwe batting in his first two Tests at the age of just 20, following up that same summer with notice of his world-class talent against South Africa - including at Trent Bridge, the venue where he would go on to excel himself at almost every visit.

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Lancashire paceman James Anderson equals Botham wickets record

Anderson equals Botham's record Credit: PA Pictures

Lancashire paceman James Anderson has equalled Sir Ian Botham as England's top Test wicket-taker after taking his 383rd scalp against the West Indies in Antigua.

Anderson, on the occasion of his 100th Test cap, had Marlon Samuels caught at gully by James Tredwell to share Botham's place in the history books.

The great all-rounder has stood alone as the nation's most prolific bowler for 23 years, but Anderson is now in position to set a new mark for future generations to follow.

Only 13 players in the history of the game have taken more wickets than 32-year-old Anderson, who began the odyssey with a five-for on debut in 2003.

Rodgers: Sterling needs educating

Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe have been made aware of the responsibility of being a Liverpool player.

The Reds manager met with them on Thursday after both players hit the headlines this week.

Sterling was pictured getting a legal high, while inhaling nitrous oxide. He has also been photographed smoking a shisha pipe alongside Ibe.

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Sam Tomkins explains why he's back at Wigan after Kiwi spell

Full-back Sam Tomkins has been explaining why he's decided to return to his home club, Wigan Warriors, after two years playing in New Zealand.

Wigan announced the re-signing of 26-year-old England International Tomkins for a transfer fee in excess of £200,000 on a four-year contract, starting at the beginning of next season.

Tomkins scored 144 tries in 152 games for the Wigan Club and left to join New Zealand Warriors after winning the double in 2013.

The former Wigan St Patrick’s amateur has enjoyed success Down Under and played in every Vodafone Warriors game in 2014 scoring 13 tries, amassing 13 try assists and 108 tackle busts – the fourth highest in the NRL.

Sam will re-join his brother, Joel Tomkins, who also returned to the Warriors last year after three years at Saracens Rugby Union Club. The pair are also joined at the Club by youngest brother Logan.

Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “Sam is undoubtedly one of the finest players in world rugby and we acted swiftly when it became apparent that he wanted to return to the UK.

“This is another tremendous signing for the Wigan Club and only serves to justify our policy of allowing players to experience other competitions whilst always keeping the option available for them to return to the Club in the future.''

Speaking on the move back to Wigan, Tomkins said: “I am really happy to have this sorted and to be returning home to Wigan. All of my friends and family live in Wigan, a lot of them play for Wigan. It really was a no-brainer for me when I sat down and thought about things.

“It’s been a fantastic experience to test myself in the NRL but the reality is I am 13,000 miles away from my friends and family. When I left Wigan I always knew in my heart that I would return to play for the Club one day and I am very excited at the thought of returning to the DW Stadium and pulling on that famous jersey once again.''

Head Coach Shaun Wane commented: “Once I heard that Sam was looking to come back to England next year I knew we had to pull out all the stops to have him here.

''He is one of our own and a truly world class player. Sam knows what we are all about here at Wigan. He understands our culture and our systems and will slot perfectly back into my squad.''

Defensive injuries are a headache for Van Gaal

Carrick limps off in the derby against City Credit: PA Pictures

Carrick is still suffering from a calf injury he suffered in the 4-2 win over Manchester City while Blind has been forced out due to an ankle problem he picked up when he was tackled by City captain Vincent Kompany.

Rojo has an adductor problem while Jones is ruled out with an ankle complaint.

"It's the worst scenario," Van Gaal said on Friday.

The good news for Van Gaal is that left-back Luke Shaw is fit to return to the side following a six-week absence.

But the fact that Blind and Carrick are out leaves Van Gaal short in one of the most crucial positions in his 4-3-3 system - that of the holding midfielder.

Because he is so bereft of options there, the Dutchman is considering dropping Wayne Rooney back into the position even though the United skipper has been in good form since he moved up front following a mixed spell in midfield.

Van Gaal added: "I don't have another option or I have to play Wayne Rooney again in that position."

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