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King Of Swing Anderson Breaks Botham's Record

The 32-year-old Lancashire paceman usurped Sir Ian Botham after he had Denesh Ramdin caught by captain Alastair Cook for his 384th Test wicket.

The West Indies eventually held on, thanks to a Jason Holder century to earn a draw in Antigua, but when Anderson snared the Windies captain, the hosts were 294 for seven.

It was a proud moment for Anderson but surprisingly breaking the record was not at the forefront of his mind.

"My immediate emotion was we were back in the game we opened up an end," he told Sky Sports.

"I am hugely proud. It is great to have my family here and taking over from an English legend is a proud moment.

"It (the record) has not been a target. I love taking wickets, I love playing for England, it is a dream come true to play for England let alone for 100 Tests."

And the future?

"To keep my place in the side," he added. "There's a lot of hard work to come. I am confident I am able to carry on for a few more years."

Botham, who is in Antigua for the Test, stood up to applaud Anderson after he smashed his record which stood for 23 years.

He then tweeted: "Great moment for Jimmy and his family... Congratulations you deserve it... Awesome !!"

In his column for the Mirror, the former all-rounder wrote that Anderson is "the complete bowler".

He added: "He has been a joy to watch for more than 12 years in an England shirt and I'm absolutely delighted for him that he has finally overtaken me to be number one on the Test wicket takers list out on his own.

"Because he has been out on his own for years as the leader of England's attack and the finest swing bowler of his generation.

"He hasn't done it the easy way, he has had to work hard for his rewards and he has had to improve along the way to become the complete bowler he is today.

"You don't take as many wickets as he has by being a one-trick pony who can only succeed in swinging or helpful conditions."





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