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Much depends on when James Anderson retires, but even the man who holds the current England wicket record, Ian Botham, thinks he will finish as the best there has ever been.
Botham told the Independent earlier in the summer:
“I think he’ll hit 450. I said that to him but he wasn’t overly impressed. I think he suddenly thought ‘450—that’s a long, long way away’ but he will definitely reach it.
“I think by the end of the Ashes, he will be very close to overhauling me if he hasn’t already, which will be great.
“He’s got four or five years left as the leader of the attack and with the amount of cricket they play these days, he’ll sail past it.”
If we take as an estimate that Anderson, who is in good physical shape, plays on until he is 35 and is involved in most of England's cricket until then, he could approximately play a further 40 Test matches.
Coincidentally, this is precisely the number of Tests he has played since 2010, according to Cricinfo's Statsguru.
In that time he has taken 172 wickets and if he were to emulate that, he would finish on 492 Test wickets for his career.
Even if James Anderson falls short of that, he will still have had an exceptional career.