10James Anderson V/s New Zealand – 2008
James Anderson is one of those bowlers who seem to fly under the radar all the time. He is not often acknowledged as one of the best bowlers to grace the cricket field. It is only now after holding the record for most number of wickets in both tests and ODIs for England that he is getting his due. He is one of the rare crop of pace bowlers who are able to swing the ball both ways and extract some late swing too. He is the only English bowler and 6th overall to pick up 500+ wickets in test matches.
New Zealand embarked on a tour of England in 2008. Their practice matches have gone well as they drew 2 and won 1 against Essex. They were able to force a draw in the 1st test match against England owing to the heroics of Oram who scored a 101 at 6 down. In the 2nd test match New Zealand began well posting 384 in the 1st inning thanks to an unbeaten 154 from Taylor. Though England could only manage 202 in the 1st inning, New Zealand did worse by getting bundled out for 114 in the 2nd inning giving England a target of 294 to win. Thanks to a century from Strauss, England romped home with the loss of just 4 wickets.