McGrath believes Anderson will stay top in Tests
Glenn McGrath, the highest wicket taking fast bowler in Tests makes a huge statement on James Anderson, the second leading wicket taker of all time.
Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath is the most successful fast bowler in the history of Test cricket. He had taken 563 wickets in his Test career. The English fast bowler James Anderson is on the verge to break his record with just seven wickets short for this.
James Anderson is expected to surpass Glenn Mcgrath in the ongoing Test series against India with two Test matches left to play. At this moment McGrath believes Anderson will be the top fast bowler for long time after breaking his record.
“Once Jimmy goes past me it will be interesting to see where he wants to set the bar. With the nature of the game these days, and the amount of Twenty20 cricket, I believe no fast bowler will ever go past him.”
He takes some pride in wishing him to achieve that record as a fast bowler who faced so many issues like modern day fast bowlers.
“Being a fast bowler is the toughest job in the game and people do not see the hard work off the field that goes into spending as much time at the top as Jimmy has. We put ourselves through a lot more pain than anyone else.
So for Anderson to still be at the top of his game after 15 years in international cricket and with so many overs under his belt just shows his work ethic and his physical and mental strength.”
He further appreciated his fitness and the way he swinging the ball in thr game. “I noted how he swung the ball both ways conventionally, because it’s a real art form. Not many have been able to do that. I can only really think of Wasim Akram, who is another great of the game.
He looks in fantastic shape, running around like a young fella, and hasn’t put on any weight. He is clearly as hungry and strong as ever. The fact that Trevor would even suggest reaching 40 and still playing is a big compliment.”
The former Australian fast bowler has also predicted that the English man will join the 600 wicket club and he is not sure about the further records.
“So can Anderson get somewhere close to the three great spinners above me in the all-time wickets table? I reckon that once he’s knocked my tally off the next goal will be 600 wickets and that would be an incredible feat.
Then you have Anil Kumble on 619 which is feasible but I’m not sure how close Jimmy can get to Shane Warne on 708 or Muttiah Muralitharan on 800. Even someone as great as Anderson will find that a bit of a struggle.”