Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

500 Not Out!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

500 Not Out!

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JAMES Anderson admitted he had to struggle to keep his emotions in check after becoming the first Englishman to take 500 Test wickets.

Anderson was watched by his family among the Lord's crowd on day two of the third Investec Test against the West Indies - and when he clean-bowled Kraigg Brathwaite to reach the famous landmark, they were uppermost in his mind. So too were a group of players who have been present for many of his 129 Tests so far, with former captain Alastair Cook close at hand in the slips to help him celebrate a moment which puts him in the company of just five other bowlers in the all-time global list.

"I felt a bit emotional, because my family were in the crowd - my kids, mum and dad and the missus," said the 35-year-old Lancashire seamer. …

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