The Clarets’ players and staff – led by boss Sean Dyche – have joined in the tributes to record-breaking Burnley bowler Jimmy Anderson.
Anderson became the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket among pace bowlers when he claimed his 564th victim to wrap up England’s fifth Test victory – and a 4-1 series win – over India at the Oval.
The 36-year-old Lancashire seamer – who started his cricket career at Turf Moor with hometown club Burnley and popped into the Barnfield Training Centre at one point last season to spend some time with the Clarets' squad – surpassed the mark set by Australian great Glenn McGrath.
Only three spin bowlers – former Lancashire overseas player Muttiah Muralitharan, ex-Accrington professional Shane Warne and India’s Anil Kumble – have taken more Test wickets than Anderson.
“From the staff, players and all at Burnley Football Club, our congratulations go out to Jimmy Anderson. What a fantastic achievement,” said Dyche on a landmark day for Anderson and English sport.
The final Test of the summer also marked the retirement from England duty of former captain Alastair Cook – a close friend of Anderson – who bowed out with a hundred to top up his record as England’s leading Test run scorer.