Arise Sir James Anderson, the finest swing bowler ever
England's James Anderson celebrates with teammates as Australia's Michael Clarke ,left, leaves the field after being caught by Alastair Cook, bowled by James Anderson on the second day of the second cricket test match between England and Australia at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 17, 2009. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
James Anderson is the best swing/seam bowler I have ever seen. And I’ve been watching cricket for 61 years. Can I put a caveat on that? He is simply the best ever.
If the coaches of cricket teams around the world sat down and studied his action – his ability to get the new ball moving towards the roughed up side, his ability to reverse the old ball and the movement the upright seam gains off the pitch – it would leave them without a doubt.
Before he retires he will become England’s greatest, and possibly the world’s greatest statistically.
His control of the moving ball is a thing of beauty.
Someone should cut up the highlights from day one of the England versus West Indies first Test and bottle them.
It is the greatest lesson of quick seam and swing bowling one could ever witness.