Watch: Anderson recalls the most frightening batsman he has bowled to
England veteran fast bowler James Anderson has been an incredible bowler for the national cricket team. He is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket. He has taken 584 wickets to his subtle bowling variations of good line and length. Anderson established himself as the best bowler in Tests after he went past Glenn McGrath’s tally of the most number of Test wickets amongst pace bowlers.
Recently, he was ruled out of the Test series against South Africa, after featuring in the first two Tests. The English pace spearhead suffered a rib injury after bagging a fifer in the first innings of the Cape Town Test. Needless to say, he put himself in contention for the forthcoming Sri Lankan Tests.
In a recent interview, James Anderson was asked about the best batsman he has ever bowled to in his stellar career. The 37-year-old England Test great didn’t take time to recall the most intimidating batsman he has bowled to. James Anderson picked former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and added it was ‘intimidating’ to bowl to him.
Ponting and Anderson went one on one against each other in several Ashes contests during their long careers. After all the long duels, Anderson said that it was challenging bowling to the Talismanic batsman.
“It was the fear of failure at the beginning of my career when I used to bowl to someone as good as he was, one of the best ever,” Anderson told Nick Knight during a pre-match show in Sky Sports.
“I’d be thinking, I can’t bowl short because he will pull me over mid-wicket. I can’t bowl full because he will drive me straight back down the ground. I was thinking about what I can’t do. That’s why I’d drag it down, bowl half volleys. I found him really intimidating to bowl at,” claimed the Test specialist.
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