James Anderson More Skilful Than Me, Says Dale Steyn
Ajinkya Rahane and James Anderson (Photo-Reuters)

James Anderson has picked up the most wickets by any fast bowler in Test cricket. He has been brilliant in the overcast conditions and can swing the ball both ways to leave the batsmen in tatters. As a result, he is also the leading wicket-taker for England in the longest format, and his South Africa counter-part Dale Steyn was full of compliments for him.

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Anderson, in the twilight zone of his career, is still focused to give it his all for the national team. He picked up an injury in the Test series against South Africa earlier this year but was contended to make a comeback ahead of the Sri Lanka series, which could not go on due to the novel coronavirus pandemic situation.

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James Anderson is ridiculous, I could never bowl those big in-swingers: Dale Steyn

Injury-prone Dale Steyn, who retired from Test cricket in 2019, to focus on limited-overs said that he did not had as much skills as James Anderson. The England fast bowler can swing the ball and use the crease to the fore while all he could do is ball slower ones, fast bouncer and yorker.

“I watch Jimmy bowl and he is just ridiculous. I could never bowl those big in-swingers and use the crease the way he did,” Steyn said in a Sky Sports podcast.

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James Anderson. Credit: Getty Images

“I am a fan of Jimmy’s, I’m not going to lie, but when you are playing against each other you can’t allow that to come out – you don’t want to show that weakness, if you want to call it that. I have no skill! Bowl a couple of slower balls, a fast bouncer and yorker and just try and hit the mark as often as I could.”

James Anderson has picked up 584 wickets for England from 151 matches at an average of 26.83 and strike rate of 56.1.