James Anderson and Stuart Broad’s bowling combination in pursuit to break the record of Australian legends

While McGrath took 563 wickets in 124 Test matches, Warne has 708 wickets in 145 Tests.


The bowling combination (950 wickets) of James Anderson and Stuart Broad is second only to Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath’s successful bowling combination of 1001 wickets.

The decision to leave veteran English bowlers Broad and Anderson out of the West Indies Test squad failed, as the Joe Root-led team lost the series 1-0. But now, under the captaincy of newly-appointed Test captain Ben Stokes, the destructive combo of Anderson and Broad is back.

The English pacers put on an incredible show in the first Test against New Zealand, bowling the Kiwis out for a dismal 132 runs. In the first innings, James Anderson and Matthew Potts each took four wickets, while senior spinner Stuart Broad and skipper Ben Stokes all took one wicket each.

The bowling combination of Glenn McGrath and the late Shane Warne is still the most successful in terms of wickets taken.

McGrath and Warne combined together for 104 Tests. Australia won 71 of the 104 Tests that McGrath and Warne performed together. After the fifth Test of the 2006/07 Ashes, in which Australia swept England 5-0, McGrath and Warne both retired together. Both have been part of Australia’s reign in world cricket, whenever the savage Aussies won 16 Test matches on two occasions.

The Australian Legends bowling combo was possibly the most savage in the history of the Ashes series game, and they reached their pinnacle in England 20 years ago, being the first pair this century to each capture 30-plus wickets in a Test series.

While McGrath took 563 wickets in 124 Test matches, Warne has 708 wickets in 145 Tests, making him Australia’s all-time leading wicket-taker. He is indeed the second-highest wicket-taker in Test history, trailing only Muttiah Muralitharan, who holds the record of taking 800 wickets as in longest format.

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