Australian spearhead Glenn McGrath has challenged James Anderson to chase the 600-wicket mark after seeing the experienced England bowler surpass his record as one of the most prolific fast bowlers in the history of Test cricket.
The 36-year-old rose to the top of the bowling charts after he had taken the final wicket, with Mohammed Shami his 564th victim on the final day of the fifth Test match which saw England secure a 4-1 series win over India.
In the overall rankings for Test bowlers, James Anderson sits at fourth place, behind bowling greats Anil Kumble, Shane Warne, and Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, who sits on top with 800 wickets to his name.
Glen McGrath, who now drops to the fifth spot, lavished praise on the English bowler. The former Australian insisted that he should not rest on his laurels and aim to raise the bar further. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, McGrath said: "If he can raise the bar to 600 wickets, that's an incredible effort."
McGrath was considered one of the dangerous bowlers of his time, scalping 563 wickets in a career spanning 14 years. He wasn't the quickest or canniest but was known for maintaining an accurate line and length. His impeccable precision saw him build a reputation as one of the most economical fast bowlers in the world. The Australian went on to break several bowling records during his career, but his most notable achievement is his record for the most wickets in the 2007 World Cup.
Anderson had drawn level of McGrath's record with two wickets on the fourth day, but England couldn't force victory as the match entered the fifth day. The final day set up an interesting contest with KL Rahul assisted by Rishabh Pant, who looked to chase down the gigantic total of 464 set by England.
But just when all hopes seemed lost, Adil Rashid provided England the breakthrough and the highlight of the fifth day. Rashid produced a stunning leg-break that secured the prized scalp of KL Rahul.
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