Alison Mitchell gets up close and personal

'If I stay fit, I can take 400 Test wickets'

James Anderson is raring to get back into action after a long break. He talks about working with David Saker, utilising reverse swing in Australia, and making Tendulkar his bunny

Interviewer: Alison Mitchell

October 14, 2013

Posted by   on (October 17, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

If I were good enough, and healthy enough, I could have taken 1000 wickets, in 54 years, easily, between 18 wen I started my hands on bowling (unsuccessfully) and now when I am 74). I swear.

Posted by Cricketfreak18 on (October 17, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Remember Anderson played far too many matches on pace friendly pitches in England, SA, Aus etc. when compared to Zaheer, who played half of his matches at home, on dead pitches.. Still he got so many wickets.. Remember how he whacked the backsides of batsmen when played in English County?? So DO NOT compare the two of them..

Posted by   on (October 17, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

James Anderson is NOT a great fastbowler. He is very good and one of the best of his generation, but check records of the true greats all had bowling average under 27 and the true greats were really under 25. His average is above 30 clearly he is not in the league of the all time great fast bowlers.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

Dale Steyn is far better...

Posted by crick_sucks on (October 17, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

these days english players seem to be more confident...

Posted by   on (October 17, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

Arrow - Anderson is better than Bond; Bond was faster, but Anderson has far better skill, movement and accuracy. Plus injury is important: Bond's body could not cope with his action, which made him pretty useless in the long run.

BCCI (I sense bias here, lol), Zaheer has taken fewer than 300 Test wickets at an average of over 32. He is 35, his career is pretty much over, and those stats aren't going to improve. Anderson is a much better test bowler.

Anderson's career can be divided in two: the first part, 2002-2007, in which he was in and out of the team, had many injuries, form changes, and was still learning his trade; and the period from 2008 to the present, in which he has mastered his craft, and stayed fit (hugely important for a paceman: see Bond, Simon Jones, Ian Bishop and many others).

His Test average is exactly 30 and getting better; his ODI average is under 30. He can reverse swing on flat, non-English surfaces. In 5 years, he may be viewed as a top-level great bowler.

Posted by Arrow011 on (October 16, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Nice, soft spoken & shy guy. Keep it up James

Posted by Arrow011 on (October 16, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

I think he can be termed as England's best, never in the class of Glenn McGrath or Wasim Akram, Dale Steyn, Shane Bond or Curtly Ambrose. I would rate McGrath as the ulmate pace bowler.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (October 16, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

400 looks easy for him.500 should be the target

Posted by IndianEagle on (October 16, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

zaheer khan is better bowler than anderson bcz zaheer bowled more on flat pitches and has picked wicket nearly in same number to anderson's

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