India tour of England 2018, Fourth Test Match, England vs India, Southampton
England pacer James Anderson has the chance of surpassing Australia’s great Glenn McGrath in the fourth Test match between England and India in Southampton. Glenn McGrath is the current record holder – ‘most wickets by a pace bowler in Test match cricket’. James Anderson is not far behind McGrath in this format of the game.
Anderson picked up 17 wickets in the three Test matches so far against India in the ongoing five match Test series and has 557 wickets in this format of the game. He is just 6 wickets away from equaling Glenn McGrath with the ball. Speaking of the milestone, McGrath said he is proud of the fast bowler (James Anderson) even though the latter is hailing from a different country.
“Records are nice and I’ve been very proud to have taken more wickets than any fast bowler in Test history, but any high is there to be beaten and I will be equally proud of Jimmy when he goes past me because the fast bowlers’ union has to stick together, whichever country we come from,” said Glenn McGrath, Australia’s former player.
McGrath opined that once Anderson goes past him, it would be impossible for any other fast bowler to go past Anderson considering the amount of T20 cricket being played today.
“It took him a while but he’s done that now. 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,” McGrath added.
According to Australia former player, Jimmy Anderson might surpass Anil Kumble but it would be difficult for him to go past either Shane Warne or get any nearer to Muralitharan.
“Then you have Anil Kumble on 619 [Test wickets] 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,” McGrath concluded.
Another pacer from England, Stuart Broad, has 427 wickets in the 121 Test matches he played so far. He needs to pick up 4 more wickets to surpass Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath (430 wickets), 5 more wickets to New Zealand’s Sir Richard Hadlee (431 wickets) and 8 more wickets to surpass India’s Kapil Dev (434 wickets).
The fourth Test match between England and India will be played starting from Thursday (Aug 30). England are currently leading the five match series by 2-1 with two more matches to go.
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