Anderson is back to the top of the Test rankings for the sixth time in his illustrious career.
At 40 years and 207 days, Anderson has knocked Australian paceman Pat Cummins off his four-year perch to become the oldest player to top the Test rankings.
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Anderson, who has taken more Test wickets than any other fast bowler in history, played a key role in England’s 267-run victory over New Zealand in last week’s first Test in Mount Maunganui. It was England’s 10th win in 11 Tests.
His seven wickets against the Kiwis took his career total to 682. And for the first time since his maiden series in 2003 Anderson’s average is now below 26.
Anderson shows no sign of losing his edge either and since turning 35 he has taken 202 wickets in 56 Tests at an average of 20.56.
The previous oldest player to top the ICC Test rankings was Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett in 1936.
Anderson will be back alongside strike partner Stuart Broad in the second Test which starts in Wellington on Thursday.
The duo became the most lethal bowling partnership in Test history in the first Test against New Zealand with their 1,009 wickets from 113 matches together moving them past the previous record of 1,001 between Australia’s Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.
(With inputs from Reuters)