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Anderson breaks England Test caps record

James Anderson
James Anderson

Fast bowler James Anderson became England's most capped Test player after being selected to play in the series decider against New Zealand yesterday.

The 38-year-old won his 162nd cap at Edgbaston, surpassing former captain Alastair Cook.

Lancashire's Anderson made his Test debut in 2003 and has taken 616 wickets - an England record.

He is seventh on the overall list for most caps and fourth for most wickets, the leading fast bowler in each.

Anderson revealed he received a congratulatory phone call from former teammate Cook on Wednesday night and he was presented with a special shirt with the number 162 on the back by his England teammates before play.

"That phone call meant a lot from such a close mate," said Anderson. "To go past him is very special."

Anderson made his England debut in a one-day international against Australia in December 2002.

He went on to play 194 ODIs and 19 Twenty20s, and his 375 caps across all three formats is also an England record.

He made his Test debut against Zimbabwe at Lord's 18 years ago and has played under eight different captains. (BBC)

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