Ashes: James Anderson sets unique battle record in Adelaide, becoming the first batsman in history to achieve achievement

James Anderson set a unique batting record at the Adelaide Oval | Photo credit: AP

Key highlights

  • James Anderson set a record with the bat in the 2nd ash test
  • Anderson became the first dough to achieve the feat
  • Australia must take a 2-0 lead in the series

For almost two decades, James Anderson has created a habit of hitting one record after another with the ball. With 634 test wickets to his name, Anderson is the third-highest wicket-taker in test cricket history and also holds the honor of being the fastest bowler with the most wickets in the history of cricket’s oldest format.

But on the third day of play in the pink-ball test at the Adelaide Oval, Anderson created a unique record with the bat. In fact, he became the first player to achieve this feat in the history of the sport.

After remaining undefeated on the pitch as England went out of 236 runs, Anderson became the first dough to be not-out in a testinning 100 times. After Anderson, Courtney Wash is second on the list after being unbeaten 61 times, while Muttiah Muralitharan is third who has not been rejected in a round on 56 occasions. Former England pacer Bob Wills is next with 55 no-out innings to spare.

Most not-outs in an innings

James Anderson-100

Courtney Wash-61

Muttiah Muralitharan- 56

Bob Wills-555

Australia at the top

When we talk about the match, Australia are at the top and look set to take a 2-0 lead. Despite half a century from skipper Joe Root and Dawid Malan, England were sent off for just 236 races in the first round. The hosts had 45-1 stumps and have a massive lead of 282 runs into the fourth day. Mitchell Starc took four wickets while Nathon Lyon chipped in with three scalps for the home team.

Earlier, after winning the throw and hitting first, Australia had made a massive total of 473 in the first round. Marcus Labuschagne scored a century, while both David Warner and Steve Smith were rejected for 95 and 93, respectively.

Anderson took two wickets in the first half after missing the series opener at Gabba. Ben Stokes took three wickets for the visitors.

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