Sam Curran is elated to play alongside England pacer — James Anderson, who is on course to become world’s first pacer to reach the 600-wicket milestone in Test history. Anderson is just eight short after the first day’s play versus Pakistan where he took the wickets of Shan Masood and Azhar Ali to reach a landmark of 592 wickets.
James Anderson plays for England since 2002 having made his Test debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe — and has represented England in 154 Tests where he picked 590 wickets before the start of this second Test and in one-dayers he has snared 269 wickets in ODIs. He last played an ODI back in 2015 and played in T20Is from 2007 to 2009, but continues to play Test.
Sam Curran Says James Anderson is England’s ‘Best’ Bowler
Sam Curran, who is an all-rounder, reveals that he gets goosebumps while playing alongside England pace great — James Anderson who has vast experience, having played 155 tests.
“I was pretty surprised there were people talking about that. His numbers and wickets sum him up,” Curran was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“He is obviously England’s best bowler and leading wicket-taker. He is such a world-class bowler. It is pretty amazing to just try to and keep learning from him. It could even be this game he gets 600, who knows.”
James Anderson, however, performed poorly in the opening test where he picked up only one wicket as speculations of retirement for the 38-year-old gradually increased, but Sam Curran has defended him even mentioning he could reach the 600 wicket mark in the ongoing test itself and silence his critics.
Sam Curran Wants To Take Babar Azam’s Wicket On Second Day Of Second Test
Sam Curran came into the Aegis Bowl Test at Southampton at the expense of Jofra Archer and contributed in England’s cause by taking Pakistan opener Abid Ali’s wicket who scored a fighting 60 of 111 balls and will look to make it count by taking Babar Azam’s wicket.
England who won the first Test by a small margin of three wickets misses the services of experienced Ben Stokes, who was replaced by Zak Crawley and Sam Curran replaced Jofra Archer to increase their depth in batting.
“To finish the day 126-5 is great for us. It was a great comeback. Everyone bowled really well. Babar is their big player so we will try to get him. We will try to take advantage of the first hour and get some big runs,” Curran said.