Anderson and Broad duo overtakes Warne-McGrath record

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On Saturday, Stuart Broad and James Anderson made history by surpassing Australian legends Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath to become the bowling pair with the most Test wickets. They achieved this feat during the first Test match between England and New Zealand in Mount Maunganui when Broad bowled Devon Conway early in the final session. By doing so, the England pace duo broke the record previously held by Warne and McGrath.


Broad and Anderson broke a long-standing record held by McGrath and Warne, by claiming their 1002nd Test scalp as teammates. This feat was achieved when they surpassed the previous record of 1001 wickets, during the ongoing Test match between England and New Zealand. It was a historic moment for the England pace duo as they took their place in the record books.


  • 1002* – James Anderson and Stuart Broad (ongoing)
  • 1001 – Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath
  • 895 – Muttiah Muralidaran and Chaminda Vaas
  • 762 – Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose

In May 2003, Anderson debuted at Lord’s against Zimbabwe. Broad, on the other hand, had to wait until the end of 2007 to win his first cap against Sri Lanka in Colombo. When Broad made his debut, Anderson had already become an established member of the England team. Despite Anderson having gained valuable experience, it took four years for Broad to join the team.

Both Anderson and Broad have established themselves as formidable fast bowlers in Test cricket. They are part of a select group of only seven players who have taken more than 500 Test wickets individually.

Most of their Test wickets have been taken while playing together on the same team. Once again, they are playing on the same side in the opening match of the two-game Test series against New Zealand.

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