Graeme Swann reveals how James Anderson would troll Hussey during the Ashes

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With the third test against the West-Indies in the balance, something quite remarkable happened on day two at Lords – something no other English player has achieved.

James Anderson is the first English cricketer to take 500 test wickets; the 35-year-old Lancashire star reached the historic milestone after bowling West-Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite.

Speaking with BBC Test Match Special, Anderson said that it was all a bit surreal: "It's surreal thinking about how much cricket I've played and where I've got to in the game.

"The feeling is a bit of everything - relief, then quite emotional.

"There are guys I've played 100 Tests with. It was a special moment to share it with them. Sharing it with my family are in the crowd as well."

One of Anderson's old teammates and close friends, Graeme Swann, wrote a piece for BBC Sport where he commended the physical condition of England's leading wicket taker.

“Jimmy's a supreme athlete who, despite being 35, still has the body of a 21-year-old. I'm not sure how, though, because he's got the worst diet of any professional athlete I know.

“The only things he eats are pizzas and burgers, yet he's so lithe and loose. He's like a whippet - there's more meat on a dirty fork.”

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Swann also had an amusing anecdote about Anderson’s relationship with opposition batsman – especially those that come in the Australian variety.

Michael Hussey racked up an impressive 6,235 Test cricket runs and was a thorn in England's side on numerous occasions.

But according to Swann, Anderson enjoyed sledging the left-handed batsman at the crease by referring to him as David Hussey, Michael's brother.

“He also has a brilliant knack of annoying batsmen. I remember during one particular Ashes series he would refer to Mike Hussey as Dave, his brother.

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"When he saw him in the morning, it'd be: "Morning Dave." After a delivery: "Shot, Dave." Mid-innings: Keep going, Dave.

"Eventually, Hussey snapped and replied: I'm not Dave. I'm Mike.

“Anderson just smiled: "Sorry, Dave."

Just another reason why Jimmy Anderson will go down as an England legend then.

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