England’s James Anderson went past the 300 Test wickets marker this week during the First Test against New Zealand at Lords.
Jimmy is absolutely outstanding, he’s just awesome and must be every captain’s dream.
He has to be the top pace bowler in Test cricket, albeit just ahead of South African Dale Steyn, as his record is outstanding.
They showed Anderson’s stats during the TV coverage of the game, which was a thriller by the way, and he doesn’t seem to mop up the tail and boost his figures.
He has been consistently getting the top batsmen in the world - highlighted by the fact that he has removed the great Sachin Tendulkar no fewer than nine times.
I know Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham, who holds the record with 383, has already come out and said he fully expects Anderson to break his record, and I agree with him.
They play so much Test cricket in the modern game that Anderson should break the record if he maintains his impeccable form.
It must have been very, very tough for them to pick a man of the match after the game.
The second innings exploits of Stuart Broad in taking 7-44 obviously gave him the honours over Anderson and young Yorkshire batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, who both continue to impress.
It was great to see Broady back at his very best, his spell was almost unplayable at times.
Me and Chris Grey were talking about this at the weekend, and we couldn’t pick out a man of the match between us.
This just shows that England are getting back to form, and while the batting still needs to improve before the Ashes, things are moving in the right direction.
One person who certainly didn’t come close was Matt Prior, who I was praising massively in my column last week.
Seems I put the royal jinx on him it appears - sorry Matt.
Things are looking good for when Yorkshire come to town in the next couple of weeks.
The pitch is looking in great condition, and as ever, when Yorkshire come to town the ground is packed and everyone gets behind Jason Gillespie and his players.
All our teams were frustrated by the rain on Saturday, but the 1st XI managed to get past Barnsley in the League Cup on Sunday.
After all the last-ball drama we had against them last season, we really wanted to make sure we put in a good performance and beat them comfortably this time.
We did just that after restricting them to 167-9, Ash Lyth and Simmo getting in on the act.
We were then indebted to 15-year-old Jonathan Read, 38, and Chris Grey (43no) who guided us home to the win by six wickets.
We’ll be showing the Champions League final in the pavilion on Saturday night after all the cricket, and of course everybody is welcome.