England pacer James Anderson turns 37 today. At the late 30s, he is still spearheading the England bowling attack in Test cricket. He has been the backbone of the England pace attack. He and Stuart Broad have been the most devastating pace bowling pair in Test cricket. As Anderson turns a year old, Cricwizz takes a look at the little-known things about the birthday boy.
Anderson had played just three one-day games when he was included in the national squad for the 2002-03 ODI series against Australia as a cover for Andy Caddick. He didn’t have a number or even his name on the t-shirt.
Anderson is known to be shy and uncommunicative off the field, except when is around close friends. However, on the field, he is known for his aggression and giving it back to his opponents. He says he is aggressive on the field to conquer his diffident character.
Anderson was not a sitting duck with the bat. He went 54 Test innings without a duck as a night watchman, which is an England record.
He is the first cricketer to model naked for Attitude, which is Britain’s biggest-selling gay magazine, in September 2010.
Anderson is married to Daniella Lloyd, a model whom he met in 2004 during England duty in London. They have two daughters.
Anderson holds the record of most Not Outs in Tests. He has 86 not outs, beating the previous best of 61 by Courtney Walsh.
Anderson’s only fifty of his Test career came against India at Nottingham in 2014. He scored 81 in a record 198-run partnership for the 10th wicket with Joe Root.
He is the only pace bowler to take 300-plus wickets on home soil. He has 368 wickets @ 23.76 in 83 matches at home.
He is the only pace bowler, and second player overall, to take 100-plus wickets on a single venue (Lord’s). Muttiah Muralitharan has taken 100 wickets at three different venues in Sri Lanka.
Anderson has tried hands in many things. He has done fashion designing. He designed for Elvis Jesus & launched his first collection with Chess London. He has also hosted cricket-themed radio show named Not Just Cricket. He has also hosted cricketing podcast named Tailenders.