JAMES Anderson became the first Englishman to pass 500 Test wickets on day two of the series decider against the West Indies.

Burnley's Anderson, who made his Test debut in 2003, had Kraigg Brathwaite and Kyle Hope caught behind by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow in the opening hour of play at Lord's on Thursday before reaching the milestone on Friday evening when he bowled Brathwaite.

The 35-year-old became England's leading wicket-taker when he surpassed Sir Ian Botham's tally of 383 against the West Indies in April 2015.

The Lancashire seamer has played 128 Test matches and prior to the Lord's clash had an average of 27.74.

Anderson is sixth in the all-time wicket list and became only the third fast bowler to reach 500 wickets in Test cricket. Only Australia's Glen McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (519) are ahead of him on that list.

Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan leads the way with 800 wickets ahead of Australia's Shane Warne and India's Anil Kumble who have 708 and 619 wickets respectively.

Anderson began his career in the Lancashire League with Burnley, making his debut in 1998 as a 15-year-old and going on to play more than 100 matches for his hometown club.

He made his first-class debut for Lancashire in 2002, played in the 2003 World Cup and broke into the England one-day squad the same year before making his Test bow in the summer of 2013 against Zimbabwe.

He has since gone on to be a stalwart for England and will lead the attack on this winter's Ashes Tour.