James Anderson on Day 1 of the second Test took no-time to return back to form as he struck twice to take his tally of wickets to 592. This comes after the severe criticism he received for his performance in the first Test where he returned figures of 1/97. England all-rounder Sam Curran has backed his senior teammate to go all the way and scale mount 600.
Sam Curran said that he was shocked to see the amount of criticism Anderson received for his poor run in the first Test. He also added that Anderson is a world-class bowler and those who doubt him are not being sensible as he has proved how good he can be. The youngster also said that he is sure that Anderson will pick up his 600 wickets.
“He (Anderson) went really well today,” Curran told reporters. “I was pretty shocked with all the stuff that was going on about him, he a world-class bowler and anybody who doubts him is not being sensible.
“He has proven how good he is and is now approaching 600 (test) wickets. I’m sure he will get there.”
On the opening day of the second Test, it took Anderson eight deliveries to dismiss Shan Masood as he was caught plumb. He also dismissed the visiting captain Azhar Ali who has been struggling for runs as he snicked one straight into the arms of Rory Burns at second slip.
Anderson is the leading Test wicket-taker for England and will be the first to pick up 600 wickets in the longest format of the game. He has picked up these wickets at an average of 26.97 with 47 four-wicket haul and 28 five-wicket hauls to his name.