In the second Test against South Africa at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday, England pacer James Anderson became the first player in Test history to appear in 100 home matches. Second on this list who has second-most Tests appearances at home is Sachin Tendulkar (94 matches). While the third-most have been played at home by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting (92 matches). Alaistair Cook (89) and Stuart Broad (91) complete the top five with their respective appearances.
Forty-year-old Anderson has played a total of 174 Tests, the second most after Tendulkar’s tally of 200. Cook (161) and Broad (158) are the only other English players to feature in more than 150 Tests.
Anderson has racked up 421 domestic wickets from his 659 Test dismissals to date, including 24 five-wicket hauls. The seamer has taken 216 wickets in away games in addition to 22 wickets in six Tests played at neutral venues.
Anderson’s 100th Test
Featuring in his 100th Home Test against South Africa, James Anderson celebrated his historic Test in style, picking the wicket of Sarel Erwee in the fifth over of the first day. He then trapped Simon Harmer and Keshav Maharaj in front off consecutive balls in the 31st over to leave South Africa reeling.
With England trailing 1-0 in the three-match series against the Proteas, Anderson began his landmark Test at home in style as he dismissed opener Sarel Erwee in the fifth over. This, while bowling from his own end was some cricket flex from the most successful quick in the sport’s history.
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