Former Australian legendary fast bowler Glenn McGrath thinks James Anderson wickets tally will never be surpassed. Anderson currently has 557 scalps in his Test career and he is hot on the heels of Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 wickets.
With two Test matches still to go against India, the swing master is expected to leapfrog his former Ashes rival. Thus, Anderson needs another seven wickets to overtake McGrath. By doing so, James Anderson will become the leading wicket-taker in the red ball version as a fast bowler.
James Anderson: Matches 141, Wickets: 557, Average: 26.85.
Glenn McGrath: Matches: 124, Wickets: 563, Average: 21.64
Subsequently, Anderson will become the fourth-highest wicket-getter in the longest format. Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) occupy the first three places.
With the growing amount of T20 Cricket played across the globe, it is going to be difficult to play as many Test matches. Thus, McGrath believes no pacer will ever get past Anderson’s tally of wickets.
“With the nature of the game these days, and the amount of Twenty20 cricket, I believe no fast bowler will ever go past him,” McGrath wrote for the Daily Mail.
“It is only a matter of time now before he gets there and I will be getting in touch with him as soon as he does to say well done.”
James Anderson has been terrific for England.
Furthermore, James Anderson is in prolific form as he has taken 17 wickets in the first three Test matches against India at 14.88. England’s pack leader also occupies the numero uno position in the ICC Test rankings.
“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,” McGrath wrote.
Both James Anderson and Glenn McGrath are the best fast bowlers of their respective era. McGrath had a staggering consistency as he could land all his six deliveries at the same spot in the pitch. On the other hand, Anderson has got most of his dismissals by moving the ball both ways.