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ENG vs PAK | James Anderson joins Glenn McGrath with 29th five-wicket haul, stands second in all-time record of pacers

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Thrice was he dropped after taking the second new ball on Sunday on the Ageas Bowl leaving him grumpy and bitter however held his dedication robust as veteran England quick bowler drew the skin fringe of No.11 Naseem Shah to choose his 29th five-wicket haul in his illustrious Take a look at profession. 

With the brand new ball late on Saturday night, after England piled up a monumental 583 for eight, Anderson snuck three wickets, operating via the top-order lineup of Pakistan. On Sunday morning, he began off from the place he had completed, eradicating Asad Shafiq early to inch nearer to his file 600th Take a look at wicket. 

Anderson continued all through the afternoon after which the night with the identical quantity resilience, however was left bitterly unfortunate as England’s slip cordon left the veteran pacer was left miffed after Rory Burns dropped twice, Zak Crawley and Stuart Broad as soon as. However Anderson finally picked that remaining wicket of his five-wicket haul, drawing the outsider fringe of Naseem’s bat which Dom Sibley comfortably took at first slip. 

This was Anderson’s 29th Take a look at fi-fer and drew stage with Australian legend Glenn McGrath. He now stands solely second behind New Zealand nice Richard Hadlee by way of most five-wicket haul by a pacer. The latter had 36 Take a look at fi-fers to is identify. Total, Anderson stands joint sixth behind Muttiah Muralitharan (67), Shane Warne (37), Hadlee, Anil Kumble (35), Rangana Herath (34). 

The five-wicket haul additionally took his profession Take a look at wicket tally to 598 as he now stands solely two wickets shy of changing into the primary pacer to take 600 wickets within the historical past of the format. Total, he would be the fourth bowler to the milestone after Muralitharan (800 wickets), Warner (708 wickets) and Kumble (619 wickets).

The five-wicket haul helped England fold Pakistan for 273 regardless of captain Azhar Ali’s gritty 141*, his highest rating since his knock of 205 in December 2016. England, who nonetheless lead Pakistan by 310 runs, have enforced a follow-on.

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