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James Anderson created history, became the English cricketer who played the most Test matches

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Coming into the second match against New Zealand, James Anderson became the most Test player for England, breaking the record of former opener Alastair Cook, who represented England in 161 international Test matches between 2006 and 2018. Interestingly, both the players are also the cricketers with the most Test runs and the most Test wickets for their country.

debuted 18 years ago
Anderson made his Test debut 18 years ago in a Test match against Zimbabwe at Lord’s in 2003. Anderson can also overtake Shivnarine Chanderpaul (164), Rahul Dravid (164) and Jock Kallis (166) in the list of most Test match-playing cricketers. The pacer has 616 wickets to his name in Tests and is the fourth highest wicket-taker in Tests after Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).

Englishmen should bat after winning the toss
New Zealand’s team has gone into this match without wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling, who failed to recover from a stiffness in the back. He has been replaced by Tom Blundell. New Zealand’s regular captain Kane Williamson is also not part of the playing XI, with Tom Latham taking over the captaincy responsibility. There have been six changes in the New Zealand team, including the return of fast bowler Trent Boult. England made one change, replacing suspended pacer Ollie Robinson with Ollie Stone in the squad.

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