James Anderson makes history with 400th Test wicket for England on first day against New Zealand at Headingley

England's James Anderson smiles as he leaves the field after taking his 400th test wicket
England's James Anderson smiles as he leaves the field after taking his 400th test wicket

James Anderson became the first Englishman to take 400 Test wickets on a rain-affected first day of the second Investec Test against New Zealand at Headingley.

Anderson entered the match on 399 scalps and reached the landmark in his second over when Martin Guptill nicked to Ian Bell at second slip.

That made him just the 12th bowler in history to join the elite club, and only the eighth seamer.

The 32-year-old, who overtook Sir Ian Botham as the country’s leading wicket-taker in Antigua last month, removed former Yorkshire star Kane Williamson two balls later as England made up for lost time following a washed out morning session.

The Black Caps hit back courtesy of some fearless counter-attacking batting from Tom Latham (51no) and Brendon McCullum (41no), reaching 123 for three at tea.

McCullum was then dismissed by Ben Stokes in the first ball after tea.