On This Day in 2003: James Anderson takes five wickets on Test debut

Anderson started as he meant to go on 19 years ago on his first appearance.

Pa Sport Staff
Tuesday 24 May 2022 06:00
James Anderson settled straight into life as an England Test bowler (Matthew Fearn/PA)
James Anderson settled straight into life as an England Test bowler (Matthew Fearn/PA)

James Anderson marked his England Test debut with a five-wicket haul as the hosts skittled Zimbabwe at Lord’s on May 24, 2003.

Just over a year after making his championship debut against Surrey at Old Trafford, the then 20-year-old became the first England bowler to take five wickets on his first Test appearance since Dominic Cork eight years previously.

His performance ensured Zimbabwe were dismissed for 147 and, after following on 325 runs adrift, were bowled out for a second time for 223 to suffer a comprehensive defeat by an innings and 92 runs.

James Anderson, right, celebrates one of his five wickets on his Test debut (Matthew Fearn/PA)

Anderson claimed four wickets for five runs in 14 balls to prompt a first innings Zimbabwe collapse of eight wickets for 68 runs, officially establishing him as England’s new young star.

The Burnley seamer had made his mark on international cricket over the winter by emerging from the academy side to join England’s one-day squad before some promising showings at the World Cup in South Africa.

Anderson said of his breakthrough: “It is incredible the speed it has gone, it is amazing.

“I am absolutely delighted with the way I bowled in that spell. But it was a great team effort by Harmy (Steve Harmison) and Matthew Hoggard backing me up, Mark Butcher and Anthony McGrath as well.

“I was a bit disappointed in the areas where it didn’t come out quite right and I was a bit nervous as well.

“I have seen players up there (on the honours board) from the 1800s and I am honoured to have my name up already.”

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