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Anderson finally gets milestone 600th wicket, England clinch Test series

Reuters/Southampton
Filed on August 25, 2020
England's James Anderson celebrates with teammates after claiming his 600th Test wicket. Anderson dismissed Pakistan's captain Azhar Ali during the fifth day of the third cricket Test match on Tuesday. - AP

Rain-hit third and final Test match ends in a draw

James Anderson became the first seam bowler to take 600 Test wickets but England had to settle for a draw against Pakistan after a rain-hit final day of the third Test at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.

The tourists reached 187 for four in their second innings at the close, batting for 27.1 overs on the short final day, still 123 runs short of England's massive 583 for eight declared.

Anderson's milestone had looked under threat after rain and a wet outfield prevented play in the first two sessions, but soon after the start he picked up the wicket of Pakistan captain Azhar Ali (31) with an edge to Joe Root at slip.

England claimed the series 1-0 after winning the first test in Manchester by three wickets, with the last two matches in Southampton both drawn after being blighted by bad weather.

Pakistan's Babar Azam struck a breezy 63 not out to ensure there was no dramatic collapse in the final session, a timely half-century in the gloom of the Rose Bowl.

There seemed to be relief as much as joy for Anderson (2-45) after his historic moment as he further cemented his place as one of test cricket's greats after coming into the match under pressure amid talk among some pundits that he should retire.

His match haul of 7-101 suggests otherwise and he may have a new milestone in sight with test cricket's third-highest wicket-taker, former spinner Anil Kumble (619) not too far ahead.

Aside from Anderson's achievement, England will take plenty of positives from the test, not least a career best 267 for Zak Crawley and second test century for Jos Buttler, who scored 152 as the pair put on 359 for the fifth wicket in the home innings.

England remain third in the ICC's Test Championship table with 292 points, adrift of leaders India (360 points). Their next test fixture is uncertain due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

England and Pakistan will start a three-match Twenty20 series on Friday.

Scoreboard

England 1st Innings 583-8 dec (Z Crawley 267, J Buttler 152)

Pakistan 1st Innings 273 (Azhar Ali 141 no, Mohammad Rizwan 53; J Anderson 5-56)

Pakistan 2nd Innings (following-on, overnight 100-2)

Shan Masood lbw b Broad 18

Abid Ali lbw b Anderson 42

Azhar Ali c Root b Anderson 31

Babar Azam not out 63

Asad Shafiq c sub (Bracey) b Root 21

Fawad Alam not out 0

Extras (lb9, nb3) 12

Total (4 wkts, 83.1 overs, 360 mins) 187

Did not bat: Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah

Fall of wickets: 1-49 (Masood), 2-88 (Abid), 3-109 (Azhar), 4-172 (Shafiq)

Bowling: Anderson 19-3-45-2; Broad 14.1-5-27-1; Woakes 8-2-14-0; Archer 14-8-14-0; Bess 21-4-54-0; Root 6-0-17-1; Sibley 1-0-7-0 (3nb)

England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (capt), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wkt), Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Result: Match drawn

Player of the match: Zak Crawley (ENG)

Series: England win three-match series 1-0

England player of the series: Jos Buttler

Pakistan player of the series: Mohammad Rizwan


Previous Results:

Aug 05-08: 1st Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester: England won by three wickets

Aug 13-17: 2nd Test, Ageas Bowl, Southampton: Match drawn


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