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In the first Investec Test victory over New Zealand at Lord's, James Anderson became only the fourth England bowler to reach the milestone of 300 Test wickets.

The 30-year-old follows Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Fred Trueman in achieving the feat.

To commemorate his success, has trawled through the statistical archives to pick out a few facts and figures regarding Anderson's ascent to the 300 club.

Maiden Test wicket
It is almost 10 years to the day since Anderson clipped the off bail of Zimbabwe's Mark Vermeulen at Lord's to pick up his first Test scalp. The breakthrough came in only his third over and further success soon arrived as Anderson claimed first-innings figures of 5-73.

James Anderson

Happy at HQ
After returning a match aggregate of 7-70 against the Black Caps, Anderson now boasts 305 Test wickets and a whopping 58 at Lord's alone. The home of cricket has therefore witnessed considerably more Anderson dismissals than any other venue. He has also made it on to the honours board for a five-wicket haul on four occasions, most recently when completing figures of 5-47 on Friday.

Helping hands
Anderson has received assistance from 32 different fielders (33 if he counts himself) en route to his triple-century of victims, including three men who have yet to earn a Test cap. Scott Borthwick, Chris Woakes and Adam Rouse have all taken catches off Anderson while serving as substitute fielders. Another 12th man, MCC Young Cricketer Adam Dobb, had the chance to add his name to the list yesterday, only to put down a steepling chance at long-leg. It mattered little, as Neil Wagner was run out seconds later to bring New Zealand's second innings - and the match - to an end.

Bring on the big guns
It can never be said that Anderson preys on the weak. His most frequent victim in Tests is the great Sachin Tendulkar, who he has ousted nine times. Eight other players have been dismissed by Anderson five times or more, including Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Kumar Sangakkara, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag. Not a bad selection of names and we have yet to mention a certain Michael Clarke. Australia's skipper has already fallen to Anderson on six occasions and, with back-to-back Ashes creeping ever closer, that number could soon rise.

Top-order destroyer
Given that he is a new-ball specialist, it is perhaps no surprise that more than half of Anderson's 305 Test wickets have involved the removal of a player batting at four or higher. He has accounted for an opener on 82 occasions, with Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton the latest additions to that particular list. Fulton, of course, was victim number 300, while the men falling for Anderson's 100th and 200th wickets were Kallis and Peter Siddle respectively.

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