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Ashes heroes: James Anderson

With over 1,000 first-class wickets to his name, James Anderson is not only one of England's greatest ever bowlers but one of the best swing bowlers to have ever graced the sport.

Lancashire-born Anderson is his country's leading Test wicket-taker of all time and remains the only fast bowler to have taken 600 or more wickets in the format.

He is a true icon of the sport and his illustrious career has naturally featured some eye-catching moments in the Ashes, which returns this month with England up against Australia in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Having thrived in England's new set-up under Brendon McCullum, Anderson is expected to once again play an integral role in this summer's series and ahead of the first Test, here is a look at some of the swing bowler's greatest Ashes moments.

WhatEngland v Australia, 1st Test
WhereEdgbaston, Birmingham
WhenFriday 16th June to Tuesday 20th June
How to watchSky Sports Cricket
OddsEngland 13/10, Draw 9/2, Australia 13/10

Delight Down Under in 2010/11

Having been part of the England team who endured a miserable 5-0 whitewash defeat Down Under in the 2006/07 Ashes series, Anderson returned to Australia for the 2010/11 series with a point to prove.

At that point in his career, Anderson had formed a prolific bowling attack with Stuart Broad and many sensed England had a great shot at series victory.

That proved to be the case as England won an Ashes series in Australia for the first time in 24 years and Anderson played an integral role.

Anderson ripped through Australia's top order time and time again throughout the series to bag 24 wickets, making him the most successful bowler in the series.

It was in the second Test in Adelaide that he made a serious impact, dislodging ace batsmen Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke in his first seven balls of the match.

Anderson finished with figures of 4-51 in that match, setting England on their way to victory.

He was particularly ruthless in the fifth and final Test of that series, claiming 4-66 and 3-61 across the two innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where England won by an innings and 83 runs to take the series 3-1.

Double five-for at Trent Bridge in 2013

Fresh from his heroics Down Under in 2010/11, Anderson was key to another England Ashes triumph a couple of years later.

This time playing on their own patch, England won the 2013 Ashes 3-0 with Ian Bell and Ryan Harris named as players of the series.

But the Ashes could have easily swung the other way that year had Anderson not stepped up to the plate in the first Test in Nottingham.

Anderson took a five-for in both innings of the Trent Bridge Test that year, earning the player of the match award in the process.

Crucially in the second innings of that match, Anderson dug deep to dismiss Brad Haddin on the 71 mark with Australia only 14 runs short of victory.

Anderson denied them, handing England a winning start and setting the tone for the rest of the summer.

Leading by example in troublesome 2017/18 series

Following the absences of Ben Stokes and Ben Duckett and an incident involving Cameron Bancroft and Jonny Bairstow, England went into the 2017/18 Ashes series with a number of off-field issues threatening to derail them.

Anderson, however, was named vice-captain for the series and, although England failed to secure the urn, the bowler himself led by example with a fine individual performance.

Throughout the series, Anderson bowled 223.3 overs - the most in a series in his career - and finished as England's top wicket-taker.

He once again impressed in Adelaide as part of that series, taking 5-43 in the second innings of the day-night second Test.

Holding on for decisive draw in Cardiff

Anderson will forever be renowned as one of - if not the - greatest ever bowlers England has produced, but on occasion he has been required to work wonders with the bat and he did exactly that in the 2009 home Ashes series.

In the opening match of the series at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, Australia had seized the initiative, reaching 674-6 in their first innings before declaring.

That left England in a precarious situation and after facing 245 deliveries, Paul Collingwood fell for 74, leaving the hosts on 233-9.

England were on the brink of defeat but tail-enders Monty Panesar and Anderson saw off 69 balls between them to see out the innings and earn a valuable draw.

Anderson scored 21 off 53 deliveries himself and that stalemate proved to be crucial as England went on to edge the series 2-1.

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