Southampton, August 25
England head coach Chris Silverwood says skilled pacer James Anderson, who’s standing on the cusp of a historic 600th wicket, is continually lending a serving to hand to different bowlers within the crew and is an “inspiration” for everybody.
The 38-year-old ended the fourth day of the ultimate Test between England and Pakistan a wicket in need of the elusive 600-wicket mark.
If achieved, Anderson will grow to be the primary pacer to the touch the milestone as solely spin legends Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble have extra Test scalps.
“We’re all aware of the milestone Jimmy is looking at but he’ll get there. Hopefully we’ll see it. It would be brilliant to see Jimmy get over the line. He’s an inspiration, isn’t he? 600 Test wickets. Wow,” Silverwood was quoted as saying by ‘Sky Sports’.
“He’s worked so hard to do it and he’s brilliant around the place. He’s constantly helping the other bowlers. It’s just superb to have one of the best in the world sat in your dressing room and playing for your country,” Silverwood added.
England lead the three-match collection 1-0.
Pakistan, who have been requested to observe on after scoring 273 of their first innings in reply to the hosts’ 583-Eight declared, trailed by 210 runs on the finish of the fourth day.
“I want to win the game first and foremost but to finish strongly and see Jimmy get his 600th would be fantastic,” Silverwood stated.
Anderson would have reached the 600 wicket milestone on the fourth day itself had wicketkeeper Jos Buttler not put down a regulation catch earlier than lunch.
“It is frustrating when things don’t go your way as a bowler but all you can do is go back on the practice field and work on what you need to work on. That’s what Jimmy did and he got his rewards,” Silverwood stated.
“I thought Jimmy handled himself very well (with the dropped catches). He kept his decorum. No one means to drop them but obviously it’s frustrating,” he added.
In the earlier collection in opposition to West Indies, Stuart Broad turned solely the seventh bowler within the historical past of Test cricket to select up 500 wickets.
“It is a massive achievement. To have two bowlers above 500 and Jimmy closing in on 600 is an amazing feat,” Silverwood stated. PTI