James Anderson overcame all the criticism drawn in the previous match for his lacklusture run with a brilliant performance in the final Test. The England’s leading Test wicket-taker taker now stands two short of picking up his 600th Test wicket and teammate Dom Bess has hailed him as the greatest bowler of all time.
After England posted a mammoth first innings total on board, Anderson ran through the Pakistan top order and picked up a five-wicket haul as Pakistan were bundled out for 273 runs. Dom Bess said that Anderson in England’s greatest and it’s phenomenal to stand at point and watch him nick people off.
He’s the GOAT of bowling and England’s greatest,” Bess said of Anderson.
“It’s phenomenal to stand at point and watch him nick people off, hit people on the shins and take as many poles as he does, so consistently.
“There was chat about a potential retirement (recently), then he comes back and absolutely tears it up. It just shows how good he is.”
Anderson has the most wickets for any fast bowler in Tests. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) are ahead of his tally.
Earlier, England captain Joe Root has backed James Anderson to make a strong comeback after his dismal performance in the first Test against Pakistan. Anderson picked up one wicket and gave away 97 runs in the first Manchester Test. There have been questions about his performance but Joe Root has kept the faith in him.
Root said that one should question Anderson’s ability at his own peril after all that he has done for the country. Anderson is the leading wicket-taker for England in Tests and is in the twilight zone of his career. The fast bowler had said that he is not looking at retirement at wants to perform for his side.