England pacer James Anderson on Sunday surpassed Ravichandran Ashwin and Ian Botham to record his 28th five-wicket haul in the longest format of the game. He achieved the feat on day three of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. (More Cricket News)
Ashwin and Botham have taken 27 five-wicket hauls in the longest format. Anderson has now moved to the eighth spot in the list of most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.
Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has the most number of fifers in Tests 67 in 133 matches), followed by Aussie great Shane Warne (37 in 145). New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee is third on the list with 36 in 86 matches.
India's Anil Kumble is on the fourth spot with 35 five-wicket hauls from 132 matches.
Anderson dismissed Faf du Plessis (1), Dwaine Pretorius (4), Keshav Maharaj (8), Kagiso Rabada (0), and Anrich Nortje (4) in the first innings against South Africa.
England bundled out Proteas for 223 runs with Anderson striking with the first ball of the day to remove Kagiso Rabada. Anderson then got the last wicket, that off Anrich Nortje in the 89th over. England took a lead of 46 runs.