James Anderson has become the first men’s Test bowler to record 100 wickets against a team at the bowler’s home ground on Friday (July 1) at Edgbaston with the removal of Shubman Gill during the fifth match of the test series.
The second ball of the seventh over was a good-length delivery from Anderson that slightly curved away. Gill was drawn into hanging his bat outside the off stump because of the angle. A straightforward catch was given to Zak Crawley at second slip after Gill narrowly managed to get an edge on the ball, which also had some bounce.
Gill would not be thrilled with that waft because, in English conditions, when the ball does move around noticeably, you need to play closer to the body.
For the first time since 2007, India is about to win a Test series in England. With Brendon McCullum as coach and Ben Stokes as captain, England is a team with a lot of momentum, which they must contend with.
They defeated New Zealand, the current ICC World Test Championship champions, 3-0 at home, whilst India will only have played one warm-up game against Leicestershire prior to the Test.
India now holds a 2 -1 lead in the five-match Test series after winning matches at Lord’s and Oval last year.
India is determined to win their first Test series in England since 2007 with a series win. They do, however, have to contend with an England team that is making headway due to the new leadership of coach Brendon McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes.