England cricket February 11, 2016

James Anderson receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

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James Anderson and his wife Danielle at Buckingham Palace © PA Photos

James Anderson has received an OBE from the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, in recognition of his achievement in taking over from Ian Botham as the leading wicket-taker in England's Test history.

Anderson, who overhauled Botham's mark of 383 wickets in the Caribbean last year, overtook Richard Hadlee during England's Test series win in South Africa and currently sits in seventh place on the all-time list on 433 wickets.

"It's amazing. I feel very fortunate to have made a career out of cricket," Anderson told reporters at Buckingham Palace. "Obviously I've played for England for over 10 years and to be recognised for that is really special for me and a huge honour for myself and my family."

Recalling the moment he overhauled Botham, with the wicket of Denesh Ramdin during the first Test against West Indies in Antigua last April, Anderson said: "It was a real surreal moment for me. Obviously Sir Ian Botham is someone I've looked up to as a child growing up - and to pass him, it still hasn't sunk in yet.

"Again, I'm just lucky I've managed to play the game long enough to be able to overtake him and contribute to English cricket as I have."

Anderson's next England assignment comes in the spring Test series against Sri Lanka in May and June. "We've got an exciting team at the moment," he said. "Obviously some young guys have come in during the last 12 months, a bit of a transitional phase for us, and I think when that happens the results aren't always going to be consistent but I think we're moving in the right direction.

"The new coach Trevor Bayliss has been brilliant in helping the younger guys settle into the team and perform at their best."

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  • Doug on February 13, 2016, 16:01 GMT

    Would have been nice to see Jimmy get a KBE instead, simply because he's got a few matches left in him and it would be cool to see him (as I remember seeing Hadlee) on the scoresheet as "Sir James Anderson".

  • ian on February 12, 2016, 10:25 GMT

    Congratulations to Jimmy! We live in an age when such anachronistic awards are handed out as a matter of routine to premier sportsmen and women - and JA is certainly one of those! Do I agree with the awards (Officer of the [Most Excellent] Order of the British Empire, and the others, CBE & MBE)? No... I do not think that these awards should be gained for doing one's work, for which one gets paid, very often extremely well. Awards - and can we get rid of this risible reference to the British Empire? - should be reserved for unpaid, voluntary work. Giving back to society through generosity of heart and fellow feeling for women, children and men... Now that is wholly admirable - and in the light of providing role models ( I'm thinking of Rob Steen's recent piece) a way of marking out the real givers in our society - people like Sir Ian Botham! Now there's an award that ticks one vital box - using celebrity status to benefit sick children... That is the way to go, IMHO.

  • Dimuthu on February 12, 2016, 10:01 GMT

    Nice recognition for over a decade of hard work. One of the most skillful bowlers I've seen and one that is always evolving. He used to be awful on anything other than English wickets (and everyone outside England considered him seriously overrated), but he has done some serious work to bounce back on tracks abroad. As a Sri Lankan, I salute you. Congratulations.

  • Paul on February 12, 2016, 8:25 GMT

    Sometimes we hand out these gongs a bit too easily, not least when the whole team, including Paul Collingwood, got awards for winning the Ashes in 2005. However this is deserved recognition for hard work and toil, matched to his ability, over a long period. I'm not sure why there have been so many crass comments made .

  • Hass on February 12, 2016, 2:05 GMT

    Botham was knighted for services to charity not sport. Despite him being our best cricketer that's why his knighthood is confusing. Well done to jimmy. another year or 2 left in him.

  • Bob on February 11, 2016, 23:43 GMT

    Anderson is an all time great in the era of flat pitches and mega bats. An inspiration to bowlers everywhere through his immense skill and fitness levels. He brings out the ugly side in fans from certain countries though, purely because of jealousy.

  •   Daniel Powell on February 11, 2016, 20:31 GMT

    Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge Jimmy's (horribly, horribly failed) attempt to smile here?

  • Will on February 11, 2016, 20:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Jimmy. Bowled some of the most beautiful deliveries in modern cricket. A pleasure to watch. Legend.

  • Paul on February 11, 2016, 18:38 GMT

    10 years Jimmy? It's 13 mate. Though imagine how good your test average would be if you really could erase those first 3 or 4 years when they messed with your action. So I can see why you might not want to dwell on 2003 -2006.

  • Sumit on February 11, 2016, 18:37 GMT

    A bit unfair on the young one, getting cropped out of the photo on his (or possibly her) dad's big day.

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