Stats - James Anderson, the oldest pacer with a Test five-for in 70 years

Anderson against India at Lord's
August 13, 2021

1 James Anderson, at the age of 39 years and 14 days, became the oldest pacer to claim a five-wicket haul in men's Tests since 1951. Richard Hadlee is the only other pacer with a five-for after turning 39 in this period. Overall, Bert Ironmonger of Australia is the oldest with a Test five-for. He was 49 years and 313 days old when he picked up 5 for 6 and 6 for 18 against South Africa in Melbourne in 1932.

1 Anderson is also the oldest bowler to take a Test five-for in England since the 41-year-old Eddie Hemmings' 6 for 58 against New Zealand in Birmingham in 1990.

4 Number of five-wicket hauls by Anderson versus India in the five Tests at Lord's, the most by any player against India at a single venue. Sydney Barnes (five five-fors against Australia at MCG) is the only bowler with more than four five-fors against an opponent on a single ground.

31 Five-wicket hauls in Test cricket for Anderson, the sixth-most by a bowler in this format. Among the fast bowlers with most five-fors, only Hadlee (36) has more.

7 Five-fors by Anderson in Tests at the Lord's, the joint-most he has at any venue, alongside the seven at Trent Bridge. Among pacers, only Ian Botham (eight five-fors at Lord's) has more five-plus wicket hauls at a single venue. Overall, Muthiah Muralidaran, with 14 five-fors at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, tops this list.

29 Number of overs Anderson needed for his latest five-for against India. Only twice he bowled more overs while taking a five-for in Test cricket.

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