With an aim to clinch the two-match series, England and New Zealand will square off in the 2nd Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham, from Thursday (June 10). The first Test match ended in a tame draw after England decided against going for the target.
Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the social media activities of few English players, the focus will be on James Anderson. The 38-year-old, who will become the most capped player for his country in the 2nd Test, is eyeing another major milestone.
With 616 wickets in 161 Test matches, Anderson sits at the 4th spot in the elite list of players with the most wickets in Test cricket. He is just 4 wickets short of leapfrogging Anil Kumble's tally. Kumble, the former India captain, finished his career with 619 wickets.
Should Anderson scalp 4 wickets in two innings of the Test match, he will achieve the honour before England's Test squad has a two-month break. If he fails to do so, Anderson will have to wait till the India series, which kicks off on August 4.
Anderson had made his Test debut as a 20-year-old, at Lord's, against Zimbabwe. Sharing the new ball with Matthew Hoggard, Anderson took a five-for in the first innings. He went wicketless in the 2nd innings.
Anderson continues to be the leader of the pace attack and is gearing up for another Ashes encounter against Australia Down Under.
He also had a long white-ball career and played 194 ODIs and 19 T20Is. He hasn't played an ODI game since the 2015 World Cup. He is also a part-time commentator and is often seen in the commentary box when away from international cricket.
Talking of the highest wicket-takers in Test cricket, the list is topped by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, who finished his career with exactly 800 wickets. He is followed by Shane Warne, one-time highest-taker, who dismissed 708 batsmen. Kumble sits at the 3rd spot. Glenn McGrath acquires the fifth spot with 563 scalps. Anderson is the only pacer with over 600 scalps.
Among English players, Anderson is followed by Stuart Broad, who has 518 scalps. Former all-rounder Ian Botham dismissed 383 batsmen and scored 5200 runs in his long career.