James Anderson aiming to break Beefy’s record

James Anderson in action against Australia at the recent World Cup
James Anderson in action against Australia at the recent World Cup

“Burnley Express” James Anderson starts his 100th Test today looking to create England history.

England’s first Test against the West Indies, in the North Sound Stadium in Antigua, sees Anderson become the 13th player to reach that milestone – with most being batsmen.

As a bowler I’d be absolutely delighted if I get four wickets in the Test, but I’m not thinking about that

James Anderson

And four more wickets would see the former Burnley man hit 384 wickets – eclipsing Sir Ian Botham as England’s leading Test wicket‑taker.

Anderson, 32, is already England’s all-time highest international wicket-taker across all three formats, and is only the fourth English bowler to take 300 Test wickets.

He said ahead of the first Test: “I can’t quite believe I’ve got this far.

“As a bowler I’d be absolutely delighted if I get four wickets in the Test, but I’m not thinking about that.

“One hundred per cent you’ve got to ignore it. It’ll be a special occasion for me on the morning of the game, but from a team point of view we’ve had an awful winter.”

• Worsley Cup winners Burnley’s Ron Singleton Colne Trophy match at Turf Moor against Lancashire League champions Lowerhouse was called off due to the weather on Sunday and will be played on Saturday – with the league season commencing the following day.