10James Anderson V/s New Zealand – 2008
James Anderson is one of those bowlers who seem to fly under the radar all the time. He is not often acknowledged as one of the best bowlers to grace the cricket field. It is only now after holding the record for most number of wickets in both tests and ODIs for England that he is getting his due. He is one of the rare crop of pace bowlers who are able to swing the ball both ways and extract some late swing too. He is the only English bowler and 6th overall to pick up 500+ wickets in test matches.
New Zealand embarked on a tour of England in 2008. Their practice matches have gone well as they drew 2 and won 1 against Essex. They were able to force a draw in the 1st test match against England owing to the heroics of Oram who scored a 101 at 6 down. In the 2nd test match New Zealand began well posting 384 in the 1st inning thanks to an unbeaten 154 from Taylor. Though England could only manage 202 in the 1st inning, New Zealand did worse by getting bundled out for 114 in the 2nd inning giving England a target of 294 to win. Thanks to a century from Strauss, England romped home with the loss of just 4 wickets.In the 3rd match at Nottingham, New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. England were able to post a score of 364 thanks to a century from Pietersen and half centuries from lower order batsmen, Ambrose and Broad. In the 1st inning of New Zealand, James Anderson came into his own an bowled a debilitating spell. His first wicket though was the best of the entire lot. He got rid of Redmond in the 2nd over of the inning. The ball pitched in line with the middle stump and then swung away from the batsman. Redmond was anticipating the ball to swing in and played a shot towards his leg side but was totally fooled by the away swing. The ball penetrated the gap on offer and took the off stump away from the ground. His next wicket of Brendan McCullum was almost a mirror image of Redmond’s. Anderson ended up picking up 7 wickets for the loss of 43 runs which proved instrumental in inflicting an inning and 9 runs defeat on the Kiwis!