Anderson closing in on Botham’s Test record

England's James Anderson bowls during day three of the Third Investec Test match at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 29, 2014. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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‘Burnley Express’ James Anderson continues to close in on Sir Ian Botham’s England Test wickets record.

Anderson had taken five wickets - all in the first innings - at the time of writing in the third Test with India at the Ageas Bowl as England look to square the Investec Series with two more matches to play.

And the Lancashire man now has 369 Test wickets, having been England’s top first-innings wicket-taker in each Test of the series.

Botham’s all-time England record is 383, having played five games more than Anderson so far in his career.

Anderson, who was 32 on Wednesday. is already the top England wicket taker in history on home soil, overtaking Fred Trueman earlier this month, and he also is the all-time top England wicket taker at Lord’s.