ANDERSON JOINS THE 300 CLUB; FIRST TEST ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND FROM LORD'S; Pace Ace Makes History
Byline: DEAN WILSON Cricket Correspondent firstname.lastname@example.org
JAMES ANDERSON secured his place in cricket history with his 300th Test wicket as England continued to toil against the Kiwis.
When Peter Fulton edged him to his good pal Graeme Swann, there was a fourth man in England's '300 Club' alongside Fred Trueman, Bob Willis and Mirror Sport's own Sir Ian Botham.
"It was nice to see Swanny hold on to one," Anderson joked. "It meant a lot to me and I could see how much it meant to him too (inset)."
The late Trueman was the only one not at Lord's for the occasion, but it is his words that remind everyone how special the feat is because anyone who gets there "will be bloody tired."
"I feel OK actually," said Anderson. "I'm not that old so I think I've got plenty left.
"I'm glad I've got it out of the way nice and early and can move on. You don't want to go through a couple of games without getting a wicket.
"I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I had two guys who have achieved so much in the game, and who I watched as a kid, come up and congratulate me which I still find strange, but I'm just delighted I got there."
Any time he needs a wicket, skipper Alastair Cook can consider himself lucky that he has one of English cricket's great bowlers to call on.
He set the tone from the start, pouching the wickets of openers Hamish Rutherford and Fulton before the Kiwis had reached double figures, and then stepped up again to find the breakthrough. …