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Anderson 'proud' of record-breaking achievement

James Anderson has become England cricket's leading wicket taker. Credit: Nigel French / PA Archive/Press Association Images

England bowler James Anderson has spoken of his pride after becoming England's leading wicket taker in Test cricket.

The Lancashire paceman usurped Sir Ian Botham after he had West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin caught by Alastair Cook for his 384th record-breaking Test wicket in his 100th match.

The West Indies eventually held on, thanks to a Jason Holder century, to earn a draw in the first Test match in Antigua.

I am hugely proud. It is great to have my family here and taking over from an English legend is a proud moment.

It (the record) has not been a target. I love taking wickets, I love playing for England, it is a dream come true to play for England let alone for 100 Tests...

It's been an incredible journey. I am delighted to be here."

– James Anderson speaking after the match


A moment of history: Anderson beats England record

Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson is now the leading test wicket-taker in English cricket history.


Anderson equals Botham's England test wicket record

Jimmy Anderson celebrates his record-equalling strike Credit: PA

Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson joined Sir Ian Botham as England's lead wicket-taker in test matches today.

The veteran paceman claimed Marlon Samuels' scalp this afternoon, bringing him level with Botham, one of the most iconic British cricketing heroes, on 383 wickets.

Anderson, 32, is playing in his 100th test match against the West Indies in Antigua.

Anderson is now 14th in the all-time list, but he has some way to go to catch the most successful test bowler of all time, Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who retired from test matches in 2010 on 800 wickets.