You have to go back to May 2009 to find the last time James Anderson has not opened the bowling in a Test match he has started for England.
But despite Stuart Broad getting the nod at Lord’s, for the third and final Test with Sri Lanka, Anderson finished with 2-61 from his 23 overs in the first innings, as the tourists replied with 288 all out, to England’s 416.
England then backed that up with 233-7 declared, leaving Sri Lanka needing 362 to win.
They totalled 32-0 by the close of play on Sunday, with Anderson recording figures of 0-5 off four overs.
Alastair Cook’s side needed to take all 10 Sri Lanka wickets on the final day yesterday to wrap up a 3-0 series whitewash, having won the previous Tests at Headingley and Chester-le-Street.
Sri Lanka’s highest successful chase in a Test is 352, which they achieved in 2006 to beat South Africa in Colombo in 2006, while the biggest total to win at Lord’s is West Indies’ 344, against England in 1984.
Anderson, has, however, received an official International Cricket Council code of conduct reprimand for showing disrespect to umpire Sundaram Ravi on Saturday.
He has been handed the minimum penalty for the Level 1 offence of “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
England’s all-time leading wicket-taker admitted the charge and accepted the punishment for his response to the on-field umpire, after being reminded not to “verbally engage” with Sri Lanka batsman Rangana Herath during the tourists’ first innings.
Anderson had 451 Test wickets before the third Test, having become England’s all-time Test wicket taker last April. Last month he became number one Test bowler in the ICC rankings.