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James Anderson

James Anderson
Full name James Michael Anderson
Born July 30, 1982, Burnley, Lancashire
Current age 36
Major team England
Batting style Left Handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast medium
ODI Debut December 15, 2002 v Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne

Nicknamed as the “King of Swing”, James Anderson is arguably the best pace bowler in swinging conditions. His ability to swing the ball both ways makes him even more deadly. Not many would believe but he came into the international side without a single county appearance. His performances for Burnley Cricket Club were all that spoke for him when the highest level of cricket beckoned. As with contemporaries like Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee, his speed was enough to unsettle the very best.


He made his debut in the year 2002. His sensational spell (10-2-29-4) came in the World Cup 2003 against Pakistan but such was his consistency level at that time that he was more often seen coming in and going out of the side. At an early age it didn’t seem like he was in for a long haul but the year 2007 brought immense glory to his life and turned things drastically.


It was under Andy Flower's guidance that England's golden boy came of age, recording his 100th ODI and Test wickets against India and South Africa in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Later in 2009, he featured in all five Ashes Tests resulting in England's retention of the coveted urn. By 2010, 'Jimmy' had become an England regular, taking wickets in bulk in both forms of cricket.


He continued to make merry with the ball as in the 2013 Champions Trophy vs Australia, he became England’s leading ODI wicket-taker, going past Darren Gough’s tally of 234 scalps. Anderson, then, subjected a weak Australian batting to sharp conventional and reverse swing during the 2013 Ashes in England. However, he could do little harm to the strengthened and determined Aussies during the return Ashes, Down Under, in the same year when England surrendered 5-0.


Off the field, Anderson enjoys great popularity, thanks to his attractive hairstyles and good looks. Dubbed the David Beckham of cricket, he once posed naked for Attitude, Britain’s best-selling gay magazine. In 2014, he also launched his own fashion brand in collaboration with Chess London.


Not only with the ball, Anderson is quite handy with the bat down the order. He held a world record of going through 54 Test innings without a duck. His batting skills were further seen in the year 2014 against Sri Lanka where he batted for 55 deliveries and nearly saved a Test match for his side before getting out on the penultimate ball. Post that series, he impressed one and all with the willow against India as he was involved in a record last-wicket partnership worth 198 runs with Joe Root. He also registered the highest score for an England No. 11 as he scored 81. Apart from all this, he is a very handy fielder, especially at catching positions.


For his immense contribution, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2015. He came back from an injury in the same year and played a tri-series in Australia involving India. He led the pace attack for his side in the 2015 World Cup which turned out to be an embarrassing one for the Englishmen as they were knocked out in the group stages itself. Post the WC, England started hunting for young players and it meant that Anderson wasn’t seen further in the colored clothing. However, he continued to be the mainstay of their bowling attack in Test cricket.


With age picking up, Anderson cut down on his speed and decided to concentrate on line and length and wickets followed in heaps. He also has a bit of a reputation for being a man not to shy away from playing mind games and exchange a few words with his opponents.


In 2016, Anderson became the first fast bowler to take 50 wickets against all other seven major Test playing nations, further demonstrating his dominance at the highest level. In September 2017, all eyes were on him as he inched closer to achieve another milestone under his belt - 500 Test wickets! He bowled a deadly spell to take 7 wickets against West Indies at Lord’s in the second innings of the third Test, which also happened to be his career-best figures. Kraigg Brathwaite was his 500th victim as he became 6th overall and third pacer after McGrath and Walsh to achieve this feat. He continues to hold the record of being the leading wicket-taker for England and it would require some sensational stuff to go past him.

Batting and Fielding Averages

MatInnsNoRunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests143199821150819.82287639.98011543860
ODIS1947943273287.5856148.6600230530
T20IS1943111.00250.00000030
First-class2343001201766819.81--01--1350
List A25510262371289.27--00--650
Twenty204410623165.752688.46003080

Bowling Averages

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsAveEconSR4w5w10
Tests143 267315001514056426.84 2.8855.8527263
ODIS194 1919584786126929.22 4.9235.621120
T20IS19 194225521830.66 7.8423.44000
First-class234 426476692309690925.40 2.9052.4440446
List A255 251124141000335228.41 4.8335.261120
Twenty2044 4493313184132.14 8.4722.75000

Split by Team in Tests

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia3149 192297.6337.4129002101171.1282104
Bangladesh22 11515.0045.4513002084219
India2736 1525512.1442.0781011201006.1264110
New Zealand1420 1011611.6044.27280070492.112160
Pakistan1523 71207.5043.791700110510.415963
South Africa2435 1819711.5835.753400130923.219484
Sri Lanka1115 510210.2041.46270060408.111151
West Indies1717 51008.3337.032000130590.216272
Zimbabwe22 216-72.7212*0010641811

Split by Team in ODIs

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia3217 8819.0054.7220*00110286.22738
Bangladesh83 142.0028.572*002076911
India3116 11336.6061.1112*0090259.22440
New Zealand2314 96713.4059.82280070186.1833
Pakistan174 22211.0034.37110020144.21529
South Africa216 2102.5030.3050010147.4932
Sri Lanka2411 4324.5737.2012*00100203.11634
West Indies217 52412.0048.0011*0050165.11132
Zimbabwe50 0-0.0000303223
Canada10 0-0.0000001011
Ireland20 0-0.00000015.122
Kenya10 0-0.000000902
Netherlands20 0-0.0000102014
Scotland40 0-0.0000202806
Namibia11 10-0.000*0000801
Afghanistan10 0-0.000000701

Split by Team in T20Is

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia21 11-100.001*0000801
India20 0-0.000000800
New Zealand40 0-0.0000201616
Pakistan10 0-0.000000401
South Africa41 000.000.000001014.202
West Indies41 10-0.00000001305
Zimbabwe11 10-0.000*0000300
Netherlands10 0-0.000000403

Last 5 Matches in Tests

  • Batting
  • 0*(5) v India on September 7, 2018
  • DNB v India on September 7, 2018
  • 0*(4) v India on August 30, 2018
  • 1*(9) v India on August 30, 2018
  • 1*(7) v India on August 18, 2018
  • 11(24) v India on August 18, 2018
  • DNB v India on August 9, 2018
  • 2*(15) v India on August 1, 2018
  • 0*(0) v India on August 1, 2018
  • Bowling
  • 2/54 vs India on September 7, 2018
  • 3/45 vs India on September 7, 2018
  • 0/50 vs India on August 30, 2018
  • 2/33 vs India on August 30, 2018
  • 3/64 vs India on August 18, 2018
  • 1/55 vs India on August 18, 2018
  • 5/20 vs India on August 9, 2018
  • 4/23 vs India on August 9, 2018
  • 2/41 vs India on August 1, 2018
  • 2/50 vs India on August 1, 2018

Last 5 Matches in ODIs

  • Batting
  • DNB v Afghanistan on March 13, 2015
  • 0(2) v Bangladesh on March 9, 2015
  • DNB v Sri Lanka on March 1, 2015
  • DNB v Scotland on February 23, 2015
  • 1*(2) v New Zealand on February 20, 2015
  • Bowling
  • 1/18 vs Afghanistan on March 13, 2015
  • 2/45 vs Bangladesh on March 9, 2015
  • 0/48 vs Sri Lanka on March 1, 2015
  • 2/30 vs Scotland on February 23, 2015
  • 0/37 vs New Zealand on February 20, 2015

Last 5 Matches in T20Is

  • Batting
  • DNB v South Africa on November 15, 2009
  • DNB v South Africa on November 13, 2009
  • DNB v Australia on August 30, 2009
  • DNB v West Indies on June 15, 2009
  • DNB v India on June 14, 2009
  • Bowling
  • 1/28 vs South Africa on November 15, 2009
  • 0/24 vs South Africa on November 13, 2009
  • 0/28 vs Australia on August 30, 2009
  • 1/19 vs West Indies on June 15, 2009
  • 0/32 vs India on June 14, 2009

Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 4016 115
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 Australia 3499 106
4 England 4722 105
5 New Zealand 2354 102
FULL Ranking