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Anderson takes 600th wicket as England claim first series win over Pakistan in 10 years
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Anderson takes 600th wicket as England claim first series win over Pakistan in 10 years

James Anderson inscribed his name in cricket history by becoming the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets when he dismissed Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali on the rain-marred final day of the series finale at Southampton.

Apart from personal achievements that seemed the theme of the day, the contest finished in a tame draw as Pakistan scrambled to 187-4 in 83.1 overs before England captain Joe Root decided there was not enough time to bundle out the opposition for an innings win.

The drawn result means England have registered their first Test series triumph over Pakistan since 2010, having earlier emerged victorious in the series opener at Old Trafford.

Fresh showers on Tuesday morning caused a lengthy delay in the start of proceedings as play was resumed at 3:15 pm.

With all the attention centered on Anderson's moment of glory, the pace bowling maestro did not take long to join the exclusive '600-club'.

On a docile surface marked by a lack of pace, Anderson produced an unplayable delivery that rose sharply to catch Azhar unguarded as the ball took the shoulder of the bat to Root in slips.

Anderson's breathtaking ball was immediately followed by raucous applause and cheers from teammates who swarmed him in a sea of embraces.

Holding aloft the cricket ball as a prized possession, a beaming Anderson proudly soaked in the surreal moment as Pakistan appeared to be sliding towards chaos in their rearguard action.

But Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq ensured there were no further incisions made by England with the hosts even resorting to bowling part-timer Dom Sibley for a rare over.