IND vs ENG: James Anderson Becomes Oldest Fast Bowler to Play Test Match in India

Last Updated: February 02, 2024, 15:25 IST

IND vs ENG: England's James Anderson (AP)

IND vs ENG: England’s James Anderson (AP)

James Anderson at the age of 41 years 187 days became the oldest to play in a Test match in India.

James Anderson became the oldest to play in a Test match in India at the age of 41 years 187 days, during the second Test of the five-match series at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

Anderson is playing his 184th Test as England captain Ben Stokes said the 41-year-old’s experience would come in handy as England bid to end India’s record of not losing a test series at home since 2012.

“Bringing Jimmy in, we just feel like there’s a bit more I can turn to him for,” Stokes said.

“Not only his new ball skills – reverse skills, his off-cutter skills and stuff like that.”

IND vs ENG, 2nd Test Day 1 – LIVE

Oldest Player to Appear in a Test in India

Age  Player  Match  Year
41 Years 187 Days  James Anderson ENG vs IND 2024
41 Years 92 Days Lala Amarnath IND vs PAK 1952
38 Years 112 Days Ray Lindwall AUS vs IND 1960
37 Years 124 Days Shute Banerjee IND vs WI 1949
38 Years 20 Days Ghulam Gaurd IND vs AUS 1960

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Anderson is also England’s record wicket-taker. Anderson is the only pacer in the team as he sets out on his 22nd calendar year of international cricket, and the first since the retirement of long-time fellow fast bowler Stuart Broad.

“It’s huge credit to him and lots of people should look up to Jimmy considering he is where he is at 41,” Stokes had said ahead of the match.

“Bringing in Jimmy’s experience, and the class that he has, is great for us and I think it also goes under the radar how good his record in India is. Considering what Jimmy is known for — the swing king and all that — it just proves how good a bowler he is. Taking nothing away from Woody, we just feel like there’s a bit more I can turn to him for,” Stokes added.

England XI for 2nd Test in Vizag: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Ben Foakes(w), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Shoaib Bashir, James Anderson

(With inputs from Agencies)

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