Australian legend Glenn McGrath has paid a glowing tribute to James Anderson after the England legend became the first pacer in the history of the game to take 600 Test wickets.
A couple of years after breaking Glenn McGrath’s record to become the most prolific pacer in Test history, Anderson entered the 600 club on Tuesday on the fifth day of the third Test against Pakistan. The right-arm pacer dismissed Pakistan captain Azhar Ali to achieve the incredible feat.
Overall, James Anderson became the fourth bowler to breach the 600-wicket mark in Tests. Before him, only spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (800 Test wickets), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) had managed to take 600 or more wickets in the longest format of the game.
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Glenn McGrath’s tribute for Anderson:
Soon after Anderson created history, Glenn McGrath paid his tribute to the England legend. The former Australia pacer said he did not have Anderson’s skills as he lavished praise on the latter.
“I didn’t have the skill level that Jimmy has,” Glenn McGrath was quoted as saying by BBC. “When he’s swinging that ball, both ways, in control, there’s no one better.”
He then went on to compare Anderson to India legend Sachin Tendulkar, the leading run-scorer in Test cricket. Glenn McGrath opined that just like Tendulkar’s Test record is unlikely to be broken, Anderson’s record looks untouchable too.
“He’s set the bar a bit like Sachin has,” said Glenn McGrath.
“No one is ever going to catch Sachin in Test cricket for the amount of runs he’s scored and the matches he’s played. Jimmy’s done the same for fast bowling,” added the bowling legend who previously held the record for most wickets taken by a fast bowler with 563.
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