Bangalore: Andrew Richard Caddick became the ninth England player and 40th in all to capture 200 or more wickets in Tests during the course of the third and final Test at Auckland against New Zealand which ended in a victory for the home team on April 3.
The illustrious list now comprises 10 Australians, 9 Englishmen, 8 West Indians, 5 Indians, 4 Pakistanis, 2 South Africans, 1 New Zealander and 1 Sri Lankan. Caddick accomplished this feat when he dismissed Craig McMillan on March 30 in his 53rd Test. Born on November 21, 1968 at Christchurch, New Zealand, Caddick chose his birth country to perform the milestone. He had made his Test debut against Australia at Manchester in 1993. Caddick had fairly a good series in New Zealand and took 19 wickets taking 6 wickets in an innings twice in the series. In the absence of Darren Gough he was the spearhead of the English attack along with Hoggard. Apart from Caddick, the other England players who have taken 200 or more wickets in a Test career are Ian Botham (383 wickets in 102 tests), Bob Willis (325 in 90), Fred Trueman (307 in 67), Derek Underwood (297 in 86), Brian Statham (252 in 70), Alec Bedser (236 in 51), Darren Gough (228 in 56), and John Snow (202 in 49). However the record for highest wicket aggregate is held by Courtney Walsh of West Indies who has taken 519 wickets in 132 Tests. Caddick's Test bowling career at the end of the Auckland Test on April 03, 2002 reads as under: