James Anderson: 40-year-Old Becomes World No.1 Bowler in Tests, Replaces Pat Cummins. 

James Anderson

James Anderson, the 40-year-old bowling maestro from England, has earned the top spot in the ICC Test Rankings. He won the title after 1466 days (about 4 years) and ended Pat Cummins’ incredible run as the top-ranked test bowler. Jimmy is aging, but he is aging like fine wine. The updates were released after the England VS New Zealand game in Mount Maunganui, where England won the game by 267 runs. Here is an in-depth look at the same: 

James Anderson Ranked World Number 1 in ICC Test Bowler Rankings: 

James Anderson is now ranked number 1 in the ICC Test Bowlers ranking by the ICC. This sets a record, as Jimmy is one of the most aged players to bag this position. And not just aged, he is experienced and smart. He is aging like fine wine and is getting better with time. His fitness is an example for the younger generation. He made his debut back in 2003. He held the position earlier in 2016 but since then it was a clear domination by other pacers.  

James Anderson
James Anderson keeps getting better with age. IMG SRC: ECB

Anderson has been ranked number 1 a total of 6 times in his entire career. Most recently he held the position in 2018 before losing the same to Kagiso Rabada from South Africa. Anderson has bagged 866 points and is ranked number 1. His lead is very slender as he is just 2 points ahead of second-ranked R Ashwin. Ashwin will be looking to change that in the remaining two games against Australia.  

Anderson Stats: 

Matches (Tests) 178 
Wickets 682  
Strike Rate 55.8 
Average 24.6 
Best 7/42 
5-wicket hauls 32 

James Anderson Skill and Hard Work: 

James Anderson

James Anderson has been putting a lot of effort into his fitness. He is currently at the number 3 spot in the list of all-time highest wicket-takers. He is behind number 1 ranked Muttiah Muralidharan with 800 wickets and Shane Warne with 708 wickets. James will be looking to get to number 1 as soon as possible but only time will tell if he can have that required longevity. His 7-wicket haul in the test match against New Zealand has led to him getting ranked number 1.  

Here is a list of all the bowlers to be ranked number 1 at above 40 years: 

Bert Ironmonger – 50 years 10 months, February 1933 

Clarrie Grimmett – 44 years 2 months, February 1936 

Tich Freeman – 41 years 2 months, July 1929 

Sydney Barnes – 40 years 9 months, February 1914 

James Anderson – 40 years 6 months, February 2023 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings Update:

1James Anderson ENG866903 v India, 13/08/2018
2Ravichandran Ashwin IND864904 v England, 12/12/2016
3Pat Cummins AUS858914 v England, 18/08/2019
4Ollie Robinson ENG820820 v New Zealand, 20/02/2023
5Jasprit Bumrah IND795835 v West Indies, 02/09/2019
6Shaheen Afridi PAK787836 v Sri Lanka, 20/07/2022
7Kagiso Rabada SA776902 v Australia, 12/03/2018
8Kyle Jamieson NZ765836 v England, 06/06/2022
9Ravindra Jadeja IND763899 v Australia, 20/03/2017
10Mitchell Starc AUS735806 v New Zealand, 16/12/2019
11Stuart Broad ENG727880 v South Africa, 18/01/2016
12Josh Hazlewood AUS718863 v India, 07/03/2017
13Trent Boult NZ717825 v England, 25/05/2015
14Neil Wagner NZ715859 v Australia, 30/12/2020
15Kemar Roach WI711780 v India, 02/09/2019
16Nathan Lyon AUS711774 v England, 06/12/2017
17Tim Southee NZ691839 v India, 29/11/2021
18Mohammad Shami IND685790 v Bangladesh, 16/11/2019
19Anrich Nortje SA663663 v Australia, 08/01/2023
20Jason Holder WI616862 v England, 12/07/2020
21Hasan Ali PAK607760 v Bangladesh, 08/12/2021
22Duanne Olivier SA596692 v Sri Lanka, 23/02/2019
23Marco Jansen SA593636 v Australia, 21/12/2022
24Taijul Islam BAN593666 v West Indies, 02/12/2018
25Mehedi Hasan BAN592696 v West Indies, 02/12/2018
26Keshav Maharaj SA591695 v Zimbabwe, 30/12/2017
27Akshar Patel IND589650 v Bangladesh, 18/12/2022
28Shakib Al Hasan BAN578705 v Australia, 30/08/2017
29Jack Leach ENG570604 v New Zealand, 27/06/2022
30Ramesh Mendis SL560560 v Pakistan, 28/07/2022

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