Glenn McGrath said that James Anderson will be unbeatable if he can surpass his record of 563 wickets. He felt that James Anderson is still enthusiastic even after a long career. Anderson is seven wickets short to level the record of Mc Grath. He picked 557 wickets in the test format and is just 7 wickets away to surpass the record of the outstanding Australian pacer.
Mc Grath retired from international cricket in 2007 and he kept the record of highest number of wickets for a decade. He said that he feels delighted if Anderson can beat his record.
Mc Grath said that “I have an awful lot of respect for Jimmy,”
“Good luck to him. I believe once he goes past me he will never be beaten.
“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.
“Being a fast bowler is the toughest job in the game and people do not see the hard work off the field that goes into spending as much time at the top as Jimmy has. We put ourselves through a lot more pain than anyone else. So for Anderson to still be at the top of his game after 15 years in international cricket and with so many overs under his belt just shows his work ethic and his physical and mental strength.”
Anderson contributed a lot for England’s victory in the Lords’ test by picking 5/20 and 4/23 in both the innings. Thus he stood as the first pacer out of Sri Lanka to pick 5 wickets on any ground in the test format. He stands by the side of Glenn McGrath, Mutthaiah Muralidharan 800, Anil Kumble 619, and Shane Warne 708 to pick the highest number of wickets all time. Mc Grath felt that Anderson may surpass Anil Kumble and Shane Warne but could not reach Muralidharan’s record.
England’s coach Trever Bayliss felt that being 36, Anderson can play several years of cricket ahead and can achieve many records but Mc Grath contradicted his statements. He said “I’ve always said Jimmy was class, ever since I played against him in what became my last Test series in 2006-07. I noted how he swung the ball both ways conventionally because it’s a real art form. Not many have been able to do that. I can only really think of Wasim Akram, who is another great of the game, who could do that as skilfully,”
“I’m not sure how keen he will be on that but there’s no reason why he can’t go on for some time yet if he still has that passion and drive.
“He looks in fantastic shape, running around like a young fella, and hasn’t put on any weight. He is clearly as hungry and strong as ever. The fact that Trevor would even suggest reaching 40 and still be playing is a big compliment. He looks in fantastic shape, running around like a young fella, and hasn’t put on any weight. He is clearly as hungry and strong as ever. The fact that Trevor would even suggest reaching 40 and still be playing is a big compliment.
“So can Anderson get somewhere close to the three great spinners above me in the all-time wickets table? I reckon that once he’s knocked my tally off the next goal will be 600 wickets and that would be an incredible feat,”
“Then you have Anil Kumble on 619 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.” He signed off.
Anderson stood as the second Englishman after Ian Botham to pick 550 wickets after 1980.