Cricket: Bowling History Beackons

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Cricket: Bowling History Beackons


JAMES ANDERSON was set to embark on a pursuit of history today, insisting a possible place in Test cricket's hall of fame will not cause increased anxiety in his performance.

The 25-year-old Lancashire seamer resumed the third morning of the final npower Test at Trent Bridge in line to become only the second England player and third in history to claim 10 wickets in an innings.

Anderson's bid to emulate the achievement of Jim Laker, who claimed 10 for 53 against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956, was on course after he finished with six for 42 as New Zealand collapsed to 96 for six chasing England's 364.

But the prospect of writing his name in cricket history books is unlikely to worry Anderson unduly, who admitted he is not even considering the prospect just yet.

Asked whether he was thinking about a 10-wicket haul, Anderson said: "Not really, not at the minute - if I get to eight or nine wickets then I might start to think about it.

"It's a different day and hopefully the conditions will be the same and the ball is still swinging. If it happens it happens."

Anderson's stunning exhibition of swing bowling continued his steady development in his longest run in the Test side since making his debut five years ago.

Having struggled for rhythm during the previous Test at Old Trafford, however, he admits he is still searching for the consistency that would secure his place for some time in the future. …

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