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The second innings dismissal of the hosts’ captain Dinesh Ramdin may have become insignificant in the context of the game – as Kemar Roach and Jason Holder batted out the day to deny Alastair Cook’s men victory – but it will nevertheless be a moment that will be forever etched in the memory of Jimmy Anderson.
The slight glance off the edge of Ramdin’s bat that deflected the ball into the hands of Cook at first slip, meant that Anderson had clinched the 384th wicket of his Test career – in the process overtaking Sir Ian Botham as the country’s all-time leading wicket taker.
The moment has been celebrated on Twitter, as fans and players alike have congratulated the 32-year-old on the incredible achievement:
— Gregory Taylor (@GregoryTaylor86) April 17, 2015
Great effort by Jimmy Anderson too, his contribution to English cricket will probably only be truly apparent when he is no longer playing. — Anthony Crutch (@antcrutch) April 17, 2015
Well done Jimmy Anderson – brilliant achievement.
— Steve Bone (@stevebone1) April 17, 2015
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 17, 2015
@jimmy9 Different class bud