TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: James Anderson profits at Lord’s once again in first day against New Zealand


TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: James Anderson profits at Lord’s once again after the first day of the opening Test against New Zealand… while Jonny Bairstow reaches 200 Test catches

  • James Anderson took his career haul at Lord’s to 114 after taking four wickets 
  • The veteran seamer helped England dismiss New Zealand for 132 on the first day 
  • Jonny Bairstow also became the fourth England player to take 200 Test catches

James Anderson’s four wickets took his career haul at Lord’s to 114 – the third-highest total for a Test bowler at a single venue. 

Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is both first and second, with 156 wickets at Colombo’s SSC and 117 at Kandy. He also claimed 111 at Galle.

He has now dismissed both openers in a Test innings on a record 27 occasions, surpassing Australian Glenn McGrath.

James Anderson took his career haul at Lord’s to 114 after taking four wickets vs New Zealand

Anderson’s Test career has now lasted longer than WG Grace’s, whose England duty spanned 18 years 270 days. Anderson’s appearance here takes him to 19 years 11 days.

Jonny Bairstow became the fourth England player to take 200 Test catches when he held on at the second attempt to Tom Latham. 

Moments later, he caught Devon Conway, to move to 201, of which 23 have come without the gloves. 

Jonny Bairstow (left) became the fourth England player to take 200 Test catches, on Thursday

Jonny Bairstow (left) became the fourth England player to take 200 Test catches, on Thursday

Only Alec Stewart (263 catches), Alan Knott (250) and Matt Prior (243) are ahead of him.

If New Zealand go on to win this game, they will make Test history. 

No side have ever won after losing their first four wickets for 12 or fewer in the first innings.

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