London: Swing bowler James Anderson has confessed he never expected to become England's highest wicket-taker when he first started playing international cricket.
Anderson surpassed Sir Ian Botham's total of 528 in all formats when he dismissed BJ Watling in England's defeat by New Zealand on Sunday in Hamilton, the BBC reports.
Anderson said it gives him a huge amount of pride, and added when he started playing for England he never dreamed of getting anywhere near this number of wickets.
Anderson made his international debut in a one-day game against Australia at Melbourne in December 2002 despite having played just five times for Lancashire, but his early England career has not always run smoothly with Anderson in and out of the side and then restricted by a knee injury and a stress fracture of his back.
The Lancashire swinger added the first half of his career was up and down with injuries and lack of form and stuff like that, adding it has not all been plain sailing so he is delighted things have finished well at the minute and hopefully he can continue on for a number of years.