James Anderson reveals pride at taking England wicket record

James Anderson reveals his delight at becoming his country’s all-time highest wicket-taker in international cricket

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

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England fast bowler James Anderson has revealed his delight at becoming his country’s all-time highest wicket-taker in international cricket.

Anderson surpassed Sir Ian Botham’s record of 528 when he dismissed BJ Watling during the first one-day international defeat by New Zealand on Sunday, and said “it gives me a huge amount of pride”.

The 30-year-old made his international debut over 10 years ago when he was plucked from obscurity by then-coach Duncan Fletcher for England’s one-day tour of Australia.

“When I started playing for England I never dreamed of getting anywhere near this number of wickets,” admitted the Lancashire man.

“The first half of my career was up and down with injuries and lack of form and stuff like that.

“It has not all been plain sailing so I am delighted things have finished well at the minute and hopefully I can continue on for a number of years.”

The current tour of New Zealand has brought Anderson back to the scene of the turning point in his career, when former coach Peter Moores elevated him back into the Test side

He added: “Last time we were here in 2008 for the second Test, Stuart Broad and me came in for Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard and that was a real show of faith from the coach.

“It gave me a lot of confidence and responsibility. When a coach shows you that it can spur you on and that is what it did for me.”

Anderson is still 95 wickets short of Botham’s Test record of 383 wickets, but has refused to set himself that target.

“I would like to do it but it is not something I think about day-to-day,” he added. “The reason I got here is by concentrating on the small things.”

The Second ODI in Napier begins at 01:00GMT on Wednesday morning.

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