London: At the centre of controversy surrounding his alleged altercation with Ravindra Jadeja in Trent Bridge, fast bowler James Anderson today replaced Fred Trueman as England's highest wicket-taker in the Old Blighty, where he has accounted for 230 scalps.
England's James Anderson celebrates the wicket of India's Virat Kohli during the first day of the second test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London on Thursday.
Another Englishman, Trueman, had taken 229 wickets in this country, while former captain Ian Botham (226) was second in the list. Anderson went past Trueman when he had India opener Shikhar Dhawan caught in the third slip by Gary Ballance on the first day of the second Test at Lord's.
The 30-year-old Anderson has taken 359 wickets overall in 95 Tests at an average of 30.50, with 11/71 being his best match haul. Anderson has been accused by the Indian team management of abusing and pushing Jadeja on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge. Anderson could be banned for two to four Tests if charges against him are proved.
The altercation took place during the lunch break of the second day's play when the two players were walking back to the pavilion for lunch. It is not yet known what triggered the fracas. Jadeja was unbeaten on 24, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 81, while Anderson had bowled the last over before lunch. Anderson was charged under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct after India team manager Sunil Dev lodged the complaint.