Anderson's 529th international wicket, against New Zealand in Hamilton, took him ahead of the great Sir Ian Botham and out on his own as England's most successful bowler. It was not enough to get the tourists off to a winning start in their three-match one-day international series, which resumes at Napier's McLean Park on Wednesday.
Yet Anderson remains a source of inspiration to emerging cricketers such as 23-year-old Chris Woakes, who said: "Jimmy's quite quiet in that sense; he doesn't really boast about things. But it's a fantastic achievement to have that many wickets for England. He's someone I look up to and who is a role-model for me. I'm really pleased for him."
At the start of a year of unprecedented high profile for England, a home Champions Trophy followed by back-to-back Ashes series, Anderson's defining moments may be yet to come and Woakes certainly thinks that could be the case.
"To do that over the amount of years he's been playing is a brilliant effort," he said. "I'm sure he's got many years ahead of him too, to go even further."
Warwickshire seamer Woakes was making his ninth ODI appearance on Sunday - and marked it with two wickets, a deft piece of work to run out Kane Williamson and 17 runs from number seven. The performance would certainly have given him hope of establishing himself as an England regular.
However, Woakes accepts he still has much to prove, starting by convincing England he is worth his place in the first-choice XI. Woakes senses runs in the middle order can only help to press his claims, especially in the temporary absence of the injured Tim Bresnan.
"Obviously, I got the chance to do that yesterday," Woakes said. "In the games coming up, it'd be nice to score some runs at seven and obviously do my job with the ball. My batting is something I've worked hard on, and the higher I can get up the order and contribute to the team is my aim."
A Test debut is a long shot on this tour, with three fit first-choice seamers still ahead of him.
But asked if he has it on his radar, he said: "Yes, fingers crossed. Being in that (Test) squad as well is a real confidence boost for me. But the one-day series is here and now, and that's what I'll be looking to do for the next few games."
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