Former Australia’s captain Michael Clarke has lauded England fast bowler James Anderson for his brilliant bowling performance against India in second Test match.
James Anderson did not get a chance in the playing XI in first Test against India in Hyderabad. In second Test match he replaced Mark Wood as England played with only one fast bowler. In the first innings he picked 3 wickets and gave 47 runs. Even though England lost the match by 106 runs James Anderson bowled 10 overs and took 2 wickets and gave 29 runs.
In an interview with ESPNCricinfo, Michael Clarke believed that James Anderson performance continues to prove his worth away from home.
"His record in England is crazy, out of control but there's always a talk that he can only play in his own backyard. But he continues to show that's not the case. He's a significant part of this team as well. Stokes and McCullum really like him being in and around the group. And if he keeps bowling like he did at Vizag, he has a lot more cricket left in him," Clarke said.
Michael Clarke praised James Anderson as greatest cricketer
In Test cricket James Anderson has taken 695 wickets. He is third highest wicket taker in Test history. Australia spinner Shane Warne who has 708 wickets and Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has 800 wickets are ahead of him. In home condition his average is of 24.50 and in away games he has 30.32 average.
Michael Clarke also praised Jame Anderson for longevity in the game. He also praised him as greatest cricketer. James Anderson made his debut for England in 2003 and has become the oldest fast bowler to play a Test in India.
"A big part of greatness is longevity, no matter what you do. He has gone through those highs and lows. Yes, he has had some injuries. But, to be able to play this amount of cricket over that amount of time is phenomenal. Again, I think he showed his class and skill in that Test match," Michael Clark stated.