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Stats - James Anderson joins 1000 first-class wickets club

A statistical look at James Anderson's first-class career, after his landmark wicket

James Anderson doffs his cap on another record-breaking day  •  Getty Images

James Anderson doffs his cap on another record-breaking day  •  Getty Images

1 James Anderson is the first player to reach 1000 first-class cricket after making their debut in the 21st century. Overall, Anderson is one of the 216 players to achieve the milestone in first-class cricket and the first since Sri Lanka's Dinuka Hettiarachchi in May 2019.
2005 The last pace bowler before Anderson to complete 1000 first-class career wickets was Andrew Caddick in August 2005. Anderson also became the first English (and Welsh) player to 1000 FC wickets since Robert Croft in September 2007.
0 Number of players with more first-class wickets than Anderson since his debut in May 2002. Tim Murtagh's 856 wickets are the second-most by any player in this period.
7 for 19 Anderson's bowling figures against Kent on Monday were his best in first-class cricket. His previous best bowling in the format was 7 for 42 in 2017 during the third Test at Lord's against West Indies, when he completed 500 Test wickets.
937 His wickets while opening the bowling in first-class cricket, 825 of which have come after taking the first over of the innings.
161 Instances of Anderson dismissing a batter for a duck, including Heino Kuhn, his 1000th FC wicket. 105 of those came in Test cricket, the most ducks ever collected for any Test bowler.
731 Wickets for Anderson on England soil in first-class cricket. Australia (75) is the only other country where he has taken over 50 wickets in the format.
2 Number of teams against which Anderson has bagged over 100 first-class wickets - 118 against India and 104 against Australia.
167 First-class wickets for Anderson at his home ground of Old Trafford, the most he has taken at any venue. His maiden wicket, 100th wicket, 200th wicket, 700th wicket and 1000th wicket in first-class cricket all came at Old Trafford. Lord's is the only other venue (113) where he has taken more than 100 first-class wickets, including 105 Test scalps.
81 First-class wickets for Anderson in 2017, his most productive year, including 60 during the English season. Those 60 wickets are the joint-most he has taken in an English season, matching his tally in 2005.
11 Anderson has dismissed Australia's Peter Siddle on 11 occasions, all in Test cricket. Siddle is the only batter whom Anderson has dismissed ten or more times in FC cricket.
1 Anderson's only first-class wicket other than bowled (203), LBW (166) and caught (632) came when Northamptonshire's Damien Wright was hit wicket in the 2005 County Championship.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo