Fast bowler James Anderson has become England’s most capped Test player after being selected to play in the series decider against New Zealand.
The 38-year-old wins his 162nd cap at Edgbaston, surpassing former captain Alastair Cook.
Lancashire’s Anderson made his Test debut in 2003 and has taken 616 wickets – an England record.
He is seventh on the overall list for most caps and fourth for most wickets, the leading fast bowler in each.
Anderson made his England debut in a one-day international against Australia in December 2002.
He went on to play 194 ODIs and 19 Twenty20s, and his 375 caps across all three formats is also an England record.
He made his Test debut against Zimbabwe at Lord’s 18 years ago and has played under eight different captains.
“It’s a phenomenal achievement for any player to play that amount of games,” current Test skipper Joe Root said on Wednesday.
“It’s history-making for him to go through to that milestone.”
Anderson went past Sir Ian Botham’s previous England record of 383 Test wickets in 2015.
He has since become the first England bowler to 400 and 500 Test wickets and last summer became the first fast bowler from any country to 600.
Anderson has been a part of four Ashes-winning teams – in 2009, 2010-11, 2013 and 2015.
He needs four more wickets to go above Anil Kumble to third on the all-time list, behind only Muttiah Muralitharan on 800 and Shane Warne on 708. Anderson is only six short of reaching 1,000 first-class wickets.
If he plays seven more Tests he will be second most capped player of all time, trailing Sachin Tendulkar, who played 200 matches for India.
“I wonder is he has any thoughts of breaking Tendulkar’s record,” former England coach Trevor Bayliss told BBC Sport.
“It’s phenomenal that he’s still doing what he is doing.”
The Australian, who was in charge of the England team between 2015 and 2019, believes Anderson could continue to play at the the highest level for several more years.
“There’s no reason why he can’t,” said Bayliss.
“We could be saying this in another two or three years’ time. Who knows? As long he is enjoying playing the game, has success and his body holds together, who knows how long he will go?”