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Full name James Michael Anderson
Born July 30, 1982, Burnley, Lancashire
Current age 32 years 120 days
Major teams England, Auckland, England Under-19s, Lancashire, Lancashire Cricket Board
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education St Theodore's RC High School; St Theodore's RC Sixth Form Centre - Burnley
|Test debut||England v Zimbabwe at Lord's, May 22-24, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 15, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v India at Leeds, Sep 5, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 9, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v England at Centurion, Nov 15, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sussex v Lancashire at Hove, Sep 9-12, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000|
|Last List A||England v India at Leeds, Sep 5, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds, Jul 14, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Aug 23, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|28, 2/79, 20, 1/49||Lancashire||v Sussex||Hove||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|2/39||England||v India||Leeds||5 Sep 2014||ODI # 3525|
|1*, 0/38||England||v India||Birmingham||2 Sep 2014||ODI # 3523|
|0*, 0/29||England||v India||Nottingham||30 Aug 2014||ODI # 3520|
|0/57, 9*||England||v India||Cardiff||27 Aug 2014||ODI # 3517|
|0/52||Lancashire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||23 Aug 2014||T20|
|2/24||Lancashire||v Hampshire||Birmingham||23 Aug 2014||T20|
|2/51, 1, 2/16||England||v India||The Oval||15 Aug 2014||Test # 2137|
|3/46, 9, 2/18||England||v India||Manchester||7 Aug 2014||Test # 2134|
|5/53, 2/24||England||v India||Southampton||27 Jul 2014||Test # 2132|
For the first six years of James Anderson's international career, the best way to sum up his bowling was to paraphrase Mother Goose: when he's good, he's very, very good - and when he's bad he's horrid. Well, fairly horrid, anyway, because when the force was with him, he was capable of irresistible spells, seemingly able to swing the ball round corners at an impressive speed.
But in 2010 Anderson came of age in a staggeringly comprehensive fashion. No longer content with being unplayable when the mood caught him, he took the decision to shelve the "magic balls" and concentrated on hammering out a rock-solid line and length, with dot balls and maidens his new holy grail. The upshot was a scintillating year in which he proved unhittable in every sense, with an economy rate that ramped up the pressure in every spell, and a range of weapons that made him a threat on every surface.
A career-best 11-wicket haul against Pakistan at Trent Bridge was the prelude to a breakthrough tour of Australia in the winter of 2010-11. Anderson arrived to a torrent of doubters, who recalled his forlorn performance on the preceding Ashes four years earlier, in which he had taken five wickets at 82.60. But he left with a series-sealing 24 scalps at 26.04, and a reputation transformed.
Deadly with conventional swing and seam, and with a new line in reverse swing as well, he had become arguably the most complete fast bowler in the world. In 2013, fittingly at Lord's, a ground where enjoyed much success, he became the fourth England bowler to reach 300 Test wickets when he had Peter Fulton caught at slip. The previous year he had eased past Brian Statham's 252 Test wickets to become Lancashire's most successful England bowler.
It had been a long journey to fulfilment. Anderson had played only three one-day games for Lancashire when he was hurried into England's one-day squad in Australia in 2002-03 as cover for Andy Caddick. He didn't have a number - or even a name - on his shirt, but a remarkable ten-over stint, costing just 12 runs, in century heat at Adelaide earned him a World Cup spot. There, he produced a matchwinning spell against Pakistan before a sobering last-over disaster against Australia.
Five wickets followed in the first innings of his debut Test, against Zimbabwe at home in 2003, then a one-day hat-trick against Pakistan, but his fortunes waned. For a couple of years Anderson was a peripheral net bowler. A stress fracture kept him out for most of 2006, but he still made the Australian tour and the World Cup. And suddenly, in the absence of the entire Ashes-winning attack in the second half of 2007, Anderson looked the part of pack leader again.
New Zealand were blown away at Trent Bridge in 2008 (Anderson 7 for 43) during a summer that earned Anderson the honour of being named among Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year. In May of that year, he made the West Indians looked clueless at Chester-le-Street (nine wickets in the match); and back at Trent Bridge in 2010 Pakistan's inexperienced batsmen could hardly lay a bat on him (5 for 54 and 6 for 17).
Anderson's left-hand batting also steadily improved from his early days as a fully paid-up rabbit: one of his unlikelier landmarks was going 54 Test innings before collecting a duck, an England record. At Cardiff in 2009 he survived for 69 nail-chewing minutes to help stave off defeat by Australia. He is also a superb fielder.
He was awarded the Freedom of Burnley - his home town - in 2012, which was also his benefit year. When he began the 2013 Ashes with a match-winning 10-wicket haul at Trent Bridge his form showed no signs of abating, but the following nine Tests against Australia were far less successful and his reputation had taken something of a hit by the time a chastened England returned home after the battering down under in 2013-14. Still, for Anderson, the 400-wicket mark was a realistic aim.
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