Chris Woakes backs James Anderson to set more England records

Chris Woakes reckons James Anderson can go on to set more records after becoming England's all-time leading wicket taker

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James Anderson surpassed Ian Botham's record of 528 England wickets Photo: The Sport Review

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Chris Woakes has backed James Anderson to set more England records after the bowler became his country’s leading wicket taker in their one-day international loss to New Zealand on Sunday.

The 30-year-old surpassed Sir Ian Botham’s total of 528 wickets in all formats following his dismissal of Bradley-John Watling in a three-wicket defeat by the Kiwis in Hamilton.

Anderson, who has been England’s best bowler in recent years, is still 95 wickets behind Botham’s Test record but Woakes believes Anderson has plenty of time to emulate Botham’s exploits.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to have that many wickets for England,” said Woakes. “I’m sure he’s got many years ahead of him too, to go even further.”

He added: “To do that over the amount of years he’s been playing is a brilliant effort.”

England’s all-time record wicket takers

1 James Anderson: 261 matches, 323 innings, 529 wickets

2 Ian Botham: 218 matches, 283 innings, 528 wickets

3 Darren Gough: 218 matches, 252 innings, 466 wickets

4 Bob Willis: 154 matches, 229 innings, 405 wickets

5 Andrew Flintoff: 223 matches, 258 innings, 392 wickets

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