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Glenn McGrath posts tribute to James Anderson after he broke his bowling record

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Glenn McGrath has posted a kind tribute to James Anderson on Instagram after the England legend broke his record for the most wickets taken by a seam bowler.

England completed a 4-1 series win over India by claiming a 118-run win at the Oval on Tuesday evening. 

Fittingly, Anderson picked up the final wicket of Mohammed Shami to claim the 564th scalp of his career, thereby breaking the record of legendary Australian McGrath.

Anderson broke the record in 143 matches, compared to McGrath’s 124, and the England bowler is now fourth in the list of most wickets taken behind spinners Anil Kumble, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.

McGrath took to Instagram to write: “Congratulations to Jimmy Anderson on becoming the most successful fast bowler in the history of the game.

“It takes dedication, commitment, hard work, skill & mental toughness to achieve what you have. ‘Very well deserved mate. Congrats again & well done. Enjoy.”

It was an emotional day all round at the Oval as not only did Anderson break the record, his best friend Alastair Cook waved goodbye to international competition.

After the victory over India, Cook claimed Anderson is actually the best cricketer to ever play for England.

"He's an incredible athlete, an incredible bowler," Cook told Test Match Special. "He is the best cricketer that England has ever produced."

"I can't describe what he must go through, physically and mentally, to do what he does. He's a freak. It's been a pleasure standing at first slip for his bowling."

Anderson was very emotional at the end of play

Anderson, who became the oldest pace bowler to open the bowling for England for 22 years, has previously said he wanted to play on until the home Ashes series of 2019, but has seemingly altered his mind.

"I feel pretty fresh considering how many overs I've bowled. I'm thoroughly enjoying playing,” he said.

“As long as I keep my fitness in a good place, as long as I keeping enjoying turning up to practice and working on my skills, I'll keep going.

"It's a special achievement for me. It's not something I've thought about or aimed for, I've just enjoyed my journey and playing cricket for England. It's the most amazing job."

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