October 15, 2013

Anderson aims for 400 Test wickets

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Alison's Tea Break: Anderson aims for 400

England fast bowler James Anderson has his sights on taking 400 Test wickets, a milestone he said he could reach in around two years as long as he remains fit.

Anderson, currently with 329 Test wickets, is second on England's all-time wicket-takers list, behind Ian Botham (383).

"Just 71 more! I don't know. I'd like to think if I can stay fit, then I can do it," Anderson said to Alison Mitchell on her Tea Break series on ESPNcricinfo. "Because if I'm still playing in a couple of years' time, I've got to keep taking wickets to stay in the team. At the moment I'm really enjoying playing and being part of a successful team. That's what makes me happy and why I keep getting out of bed."

Anderson said being second on England's all-time list was "surreal". "Even when I started my international career I didn't think I'd get anywhere near that number of wickets, so being second on the list is still quite hard to believe."

Part of his success, Anderson said, he owes to David Saker, England's bowling coach. "There are still occasions when I need some technical advice. He's great at that too. Working out a batsman is something I've always enjoyed, and I think I'm fairly good at working out someone when I'm out there on the field, but I think actually planning and looking at video footage of people - that's an area that's got better over the years and he's great at that."

Giving an example of when Saker's input had an immediate impact on his wickets tally, Anderson talked about a session break in the 2013 Trent Bridge Ashes Test, when Saker suggested bowling cutters to Chris Rogers. "The first cutter I bowled at Rogers, he chipped at midwicket. I think he [Saker] once had a slip of the tongue and said, 'The bowlers are just putting his plans into place!' He should take a lot of credit because he's done a great job with us, but it is so satisfying when a plan comes off straight away."

Anderson is one of the most complete fast bowlers in the game today. He bowls conventional swing and seam, and has also had great success with reverse swing, which he learnt on the dry wickets of Old Trafford, early in his career.

But to achieve reverse swing, a bowler needs help from his fielders to "keep the ball in the right condition". Anderson said it took the England team some time to get a workable system going. "If you do one thing slightly wrong, it can take it another six overs to get it reversing. If you see us throwing it around the field it'll be straight from one person to another.

"We've got three people who look after it and the rest have to keep their hands off it. Obviously people have to field the ball so they've got to keep their hands dry as well. You'll see us in Sri Lanka, where everyone had towels in their trousers and so on. One problem is Matt Prior, because he is dripping wet the whole time."

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  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    @Hash_Tag:

    Just for the record, the last time I talked to you when you were in your Dravid_Grvitas persona, I had said you are intellectually dishonest cos on one hand you say Sachin was a selfish player cos most of his 100s resulted in India's defeat (which is not true at all) but when I asked you that would you call Dravid a selfish batsman cos his scored 3 100s in Eng tour where India had lost 0-4 but you never replied to that point of mine. Had you been an honest person you would have either conceded the falsity of your logic OR you would have called Dravid selfish too.

    The point of mine was not to say Dravid too was selfish but to show that your argument was wrong.

    Such kind of debates make you feel that I am attacking you LOL. But then you went on to make a new profile just to attack me. This is Ridiculous as well as Tragic.

    X says Jimmy is Great and I say no he is not. Why do you have such a massive problem with this opinion of mine? Why don't you spend your time elsewhere?

  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @Hash_Tag:

    Ah I had the inkling about it. You are Dravid_Gravitas using a new profile. The styles are very similar too. Besides the last time I talked to him about anything was months back and so no one other than he himself should remember it after the passage of so much time. It is to be noted that all this time you have focused exclusively on me and me only cos I am yet to see a comment by you on any forum where you addressed the article or someone else. All comments of yours are directed towards me and you never ever talk to anyone else. These are unmistakable signs of your grudge towards me.

    I had talked to Dravid_Gravitas i.e you about his obsession with Dravid and his repeated attempts to show Sachin in poor light. You must be a very sensitive person if you had to create a new profile exclusively to talk like this to me.

    Debating with someone is attacking in your eyes, what else can I say? Saying X is Good or Great is is attacking in your eyes, what else can I say?

  • Hash_Tag on October 19, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    @Harmony111. You say - 4. "I attack other players & fans? Nope, I criticize them & I got that right". Truly you are a phenomenon. Paranoid, desperate and lacking in all logic. You ABSOLUTELY attack other players and fans. Continually you flame and provoke. It's clear that you are not even aware that you are doing it. There are hundreds of examples. You attack great players like Kallis, attack very fair minded saffers like @Greatest-game and Indians like @Gravitas with an equal frenzy. Do you deny it? This does not make you right or fair. It makes you paranoid. I react to you because you have earned it. You shame us all and cheapen this website. Your crusade against cricket players and cricket lovers world-wide is, as I have said several times before - a blight. If ANYONE ever had an inferiority complex then surely it was you. Do not assail me with your insults when you reply. I am utterly immune to them.

  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    @Hash_Tag:

    1. ---" it does not bother me that other people from other countries praise their players. So what? Let them I say. Neither does it bother me that sometimes some people attack our team. So what?"---

    Indeed it bothers you only when I say that Jimmy is not a Great bowler but just a good bowler. Clearly you have a grudge against me.

    2. ---" when you decisively lose an argument"---

    Do you even have an argument? All you do is to say the opposite of what I say, ALWAYS.

    3. Reg your inferiority complex, why do you deny it? I have never ever seen you talking like this to an Eng fan, take the case of 5wombats & Si Baker. I never saw you talking like this to Biggus an Aussie. Your don't even comment otherwise on your own. You always react to me and only me. Clearly you are someone else and Hash_Tag is your secondary profile. Clear signs of inferiority complex.

    4. I attack other players & fans? Nope, I criticize them & I got that right. What's your problem?

  • Hash_Tag on October 19, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    @Harmony111. I see that you once again are twisting the argument. I never claimed that you criticized Anderson. Unlike you it does not bother me that other people from other countries praise their players. So what? Let them I say. Neither does it bother me that sometimes some people attack our team. So what? If they want to make themselves appear foolish - then let them I say. But you dear fellow commit all the sins that you accuse them of, namely: you attack players of other countries (Kallis for example), you attack their fans, and then you claim to be fair minded and entitled to your own opinion when they hit back. And please tell me why, when you decisively lose an argument, do you always resort to and hide behind insults? For example: " inferiority complex that prevents you from speaking out". It is interesting that you should raise the issue of an "inferiority complex". In my experience only people with an "inferiority complex" behave as you do.

  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    @Hash_Tag:

    Once again you seem to accept what others say at their face value and reject mine. Had you read a bit more here then you would have seen that Shane-Oh used the word great for Jimmy and so did Optic and yet you are talking only about FFL. Incredible. Note that Optic categorically stated that he does not think Jimmy is Great yet he ended his comments using just that word.

    If others have a right to have their opinion then do I not have the same right? If others can praise their players then can I not criticize them? Where am I criticizing Jimmy anyways? I am saying he is good but no great. If you got a problem with that then it indeed is your own problem.

    At the same time you seem to have no problem with the huge criticism these same guys make of Ind players & just about everything Indian. I have never seen you saying to these guys & this indicates you got an inferiority complex that prevents you from speaking out.

    Btw you never seem to be around when I praise others. Why?

  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @Hash_Tag:

    Once again you seem to accept what others say at their face value and reject mine. Had you read a bit more here then you would have seen that Shane-Oh used the word great for Jimmy and so did Optic and yet you are talking only about FFL. Incredible. Note that Optic categorically stated that he does not think Jimmy is Great yet he ended his comments using just that word.

    If others have a right to have their opinion then do I not have the same right? If others can praise their players then can I not criticize them? Where am I criticizing Jimmy anyways? I am saying he is good but no great. If you got a problem with that then it indeed is your own problem.

    At the same time you seem to have no problem with the huge criticism these same guys make of Ind players & just about everything Indian. I have never seen you saying to these guys & this indicates you got an inferiority complex that prevents you from speaking out.

    Btw you never seem to be around when I praise others. Why?

  • Hash_Tag on October 19, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 19, 2013, 6:58 GMT) to @Optic. @Harmony - you really aren't bothered at all about embarrassing yourself with your own logic (or lack thereof) are you? Front foot lunge is not "all England fans". Front foot lunge is not even the majority of England fans. Front foot lunge is actually someone with whom you share many characteristics. You both are pranksters. Why does it bother you so much that countries other than ours have good players? Why does it bother you so much when people from other countries praise their good players? Come on man, you are so full of your own opinion - but your opinion is only that - opinion. Opinion is not fact. Let others have their opinion of their players, what has it to do with you if you don't like it?

  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @Optic: The difference between you and me is that while we both are aware of the stats of Jimmy, you present them as proof of his greatness (whether an all time on or merely Eng one) and I present them as a proof of Jimmy being very good in certain conditions and being very ordinary in some other conditions. Perhaps you think I dislike or hate Jimmy. Absolutely not. I have said this numerous times here that I really enjoy Jimmy's bowling and he would be one of my first choices to bowl in Eng conditions cos he can get the most out of them than anyone else. However, your inherent bias prevents you from seeing the severe limitations Jimmy has when he has to bowl in unfamiliar conditions.

    You contradict yourself here when first you said that no one ever claims Jimmy is an all time great bowler & then in the end you yourself claim that Steyn & Jimmy are the only two great bowlers around. Note that Steyn is ack to be an all time great so you imply that Jimmy is an all time great too. Wow.

  • Lmaotsetung on October 19, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    @ Natx - I guess you fall in the category of "if you can't convince them, confuse them." Just another typical one eyed poster who resort to getting off topic when his/her initial post is taken apart. Don't let facts and numbers get in your way I guess.