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Test cricket toil

Steven LynchAugust 7, 2014
James Anderson sent down 566.2 overs in 2012 and 531.5 in 2013 © Getty Images
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I heard that James Anderson was the second bowler to bowl more than 500 overs in Test cricket in successive years. Who was the first? asked Shubh Aggarwal from India

James Anderson sent down 566.2 overs in 2012, and 531.5 in 2013, so did achieve the feat in successive years.

I think what you heard must have been referring to fast bowlers, since three spinners have also done it: Shane Warne in 1993, 1994, 1995 (and seven times in all), Muttiah Muralitharan in 1997, 1998 and also 2000, 2001, and Danish Kaneria in 2006, 2007.

But the only other paceman to manage it was Mitchell Johnson, with 585 overs in 2008 and 502.5 the following year. Glenn McGrath delivered more than 500 overs in four different calendar years - but never successive ones.

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