Cricket - Anderson proud of wicket landmark

James Anderson admits that overtaking childhood hero Darren Gough as England's leading one-day wicket-taker is a special achievement.

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James Anderson's international career started in the one-day format

Swing king Anderson drew level with Gough on 234 ODI scalps during the NatWest Series against New Zealand and made the record his own with three wickets in Saturday's Champions Trophy win over Australia. The Lancastrian has grown used to collecting landmarks, becoming just the fourth Englishman to take 300 Test wickets earlier this year.

Young bowlers will be dreaming of replicating Anderson's achievements in the future, but in his own formative days he admits he was inspired by looking to Yorkshire favourite Gough. "I used to look up to Goughie when I watched him bowl as a kid and I ended up playing for England with him as well, so that makes it extra special," said Anderson.

"It's good fun breaking records and I'm delighted with this one, but more importantly we're delighted to get off to a winning start in this tournament. Although it's a bit different to reaching 300 Test wickets last month, it still means a lot because I started my international career in one-day cricket and I'm very happy with what I've achieved since then.

"Funnily enough, I probably got the wicket which broke Goughie's record with the worst ball I bowled all day - a long hop outside off stump - but that's the way it goes sometimes."

Although England's 48-run win over Australia was ostensibly about the Champions Trophy, matches between the rivals rarely come without added significance - especially at the start of an Ashes summer. Back-to-back Ashes tours mean England and Australia will meet 25 more times across three formats between now and the end of January.

Whether or not the opening skirmish at Edgbaston has any role to play in the psychological battle between the teams is open to debate, but Anderson was keen to play down any link.

"People talk about this being the first of 26 international matches against Australia in the next few months, but most of them are still way off the radar," he said.

"They might not be playing well at the moment, but they are a strong side and we know they are still dangerous - they always are - and we needed to play well to beat them.

"We are concentrating on this competition, we've started well in this competition and hopefully we can continue that next week."

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