The right-arm fast medium, who is England’s record Test wicket-taker is now at 549, just 14 behind Australian McGrath, the most prolific seamer in the history of the game. James Anderson had an excellent innings at Lord’s as he started off by taking two crucial wickets at just 11 runs before the first of several rain delays against the visiting team.
Anderson said, “Some days it hoops round – they’ve been quite rare actually – but when you get the opportunity like that you lick your lips and try to show off your skills, if we bowled like that, with those conditions, we’d bowl most teams in the world out – because we were that good. If we were bowling at our batsmen, we’d have the better of them too. We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world.”
Following his Friday’s performance, Anderson taking 5 wickets for just 20 runs, is feeling very hopeful that he can play for a long time as he quoted in an interview, “I don’t feel old, I feel like I can still throw myself around in the field as well as anyone else, as long as I feel like that I’m going to keep playing as long as possible.” After coming back from his six-week rest for his shoulder injury against Pakistan, he now claims, “I don’t think about numbers or my age. I feel like, I won’t say 28, but 32.” Anderson on Friday had his 26th five-wicket haul, one short of Ian Botham’s England record.
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