James Anderson became the highest wicket-taker in Tests as a pace bowler by surpassing Glenn McGrath in the last innings of the 5th Test between England and India. However Anderson has said that McGrath is a better bowler than him. Anderson also stated that his contemporary, Dale Steyn is also a better bowler than him.
In a column written for a sports media portal, Anderson talked about his feelings after breaking the world record and his views on other pace bowlers.
Anderson applauds McGrath’s bowling
The England seamer said that McGrath was a much better bowler than him and he also made it clear that he is not saying this as a false modesty. He said he believes McGrath’s bounce, relentless accuracy, aggression and ability to move the ball made him superior. He had everything.
He also noted that it is not a random, top-of-the-head assessment as he has been studying all of the great fast bowlers since he was about eight years old.
I loved McGrath’s attitude: Anderson
The right-arm fast bowler stated that he loved the Aussie bowler’s attitude. According to England bowler, he had plenty of a snarl on the field and hated giving away runs or not taking wickets.
He also pointed out that he has the same attitude when he is bowling.
Praise for Steyn as well
Throughout his career, the England pacer has been compared with Dale Steyn as both the seamers are regarded as among the best pace bowlers of the 21st century.
While speaking about modern-day pace bowlers, the England seamer said that he would happily tip his hat towards Dale Steyn. He was full of praise for Steyn as well and claimed that with his express pace, control, and swing, he’s better than him, too.
The English bowler now has 564Test wickets to his name which is one more than the great McGrath while Dale Steyn, the South Africa pace bowler has 421 wickets in his tally.