Sir Alastair Cook has been replaced as England’s most-capped Test player by James Anderson.

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Sir Alastair Cook has been replaced as England’s most-capped Test player by James Anderson.

As he stood up for the second Test against New Zealand, James Anderson became England’s new record cap-holder, passing Sir Alastair Cook with his 162nd appearance.

The 38-year-old seamer was honored in the Edgbaston pre-match huddle, with long-time partner Stuart Broad giving a speech to commemorate his 18 years at the highest level.

Anderson is not only the most prolific wicket-taker in English Test history (616), but he is also the country’s most lasting player.

Olly Stone was recalled on his home turf in an all-out attack that included Mark Wood, with Ollie Robinson sidelined pending an inquiry over prior racist and sexist Twitter posts.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, England captain Joe Root will be hoping for a relaxing first day for his quick men.

New Zealand made six changes to their lineup as they prepare for the World Test Championship final next week.

Tom Blundell took over as wicketkeeper after BJ Watling reported back problems, and Tom Latham led the side in the absence of Kane Williamson.

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