Anderson can surpass Botham`s record, says Vaughan

Updated: Mar 27, 2012, 12:07 PM IST

London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has predicted pacer James Anderson will surpass Sir Ian Botham`s record to become the country’s leading Test wicket-taker.

"Botham`s record of 383 is in the balance. James has to stay fit but he will play for a few more years yet and I do think he will end up as England`s leading wicket-taker of all time,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by a TV channel.

His statement came after Anderson, 29, reached the 250 mark with 3-56 as Sri Lanka put up a score of 289-8 on day one of the Galle Test.

Anderson joins fellow Lancastrian Brian Statham in fifth place the England`s wicket taking list, but he said that he would wait until the end of his career to reflect on any personal achievements.

"I`m delighted to get to 250, but my job is to take wickets and help us win this Test. Once my career has finished I can look back with fond memories, but for now I`m focusing on what`s gone on out here,” he said.

Anderson admitted to a degree of frustration as England saw Sri Lanka rally from 15-3, with the help of Mahela Jayawardene`s unbeaten 168 and four dropped catches.

"It`s in the balance. If you`d given us that score we`d have taken it but chances went down which is frustrating," Anderson added.