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James Anderson can break my record - Glenn McGrath

James Anderson can break my record - Glenn McGrath
James Anderson has 451 wickets from 115 Test matches.
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Australian bowling legend Glenn McGrath, who is the most successful fast bowler in Test cricket is confident that England’s pace spearhead James Anderson can overtake him.

McGrath, who has taken 563 wickets from 124 Tests, has the best haul of wickets for a pace bowler in the list of highest wicket-takers in the format.

Apart from Courtney Walsh of the West Indies, no other fast bowler has managed to take more than 500 wickets in the longer format.

According to McGrath, if Anderson stays fit, it will not be long before he goes ahead to become the most successful fast bowler in the history of Test cricket.

“That’s entirely up to him; if he stays on the park, then he can do that quite easily and knock me off,” McGrath was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“And good luck to him.”

Despite having his share of injuries, McGrath managed to play Tests till the age of 37 and the 46-year-old is confident that Anderson has a few more years of cricket left in him.

“You have to stay fit and strong, and injury free.

“He’s had a few issues in the past but he’s come back well.

“I was lucky enough to play through ‘til I was 37, so I’m sure he’s still got plenty of overs left in him.

“He’s a quality bowler, there’s no doubt about that.

“When he’s firing and the ball’s swinging, he’s as tough (to face) as any bowler going around.

“He’s played 115 Tests now, which for a fast bowler to play over 100 is exceptional.

“He’s still bowling well, and he’s still taking wickets.”

Since 2007, the year in which McGrath retired from international cricket, Anderson has gone on to take 408 wickets from 100 Test matches at an average of 27.25.

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