England pacer James Anderson is on the brink of making history in Test cricket. Anderson has 557 Test wickets, just six fewer than the ex-Australian speedster Glenn McGrath's haul, which are the most wickets in Tests by a fast bowler.
McGrath, who is currently the highest wicket taking pacer in Tests with 563 scalps, is confident that once Anderson gets past his record, Anderson's record will be unbroken.
“Jimmy Anderson deserves everything he gets, and even though he is an Englishman I will be delighted for him when he goes past my record and becomes the most prolific fast bowler in Test history,” he wrote in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.
“I have an awful lot of respect for Jimmy. Good luck to him. I believe once he goes past me he will never be beaten.
“Records are nice and I’ve been very proud to have taken more wickets than any fast bowler in Test history, but any high is there to be beaten and I will be equally proud of Jimmy when he goes past me because the fast bowlers’ union has to stick together, whichever country we come from.”
The official Circle of Cricket account shared the quote on Instagram and great pacer Dale Steyn commented on the same. The South African cricketer believes things would have been different had his team played more Test matches.
A fan had earlier reacted to the post which made Steyn share his views. The fan wrote, "If only Dale Steyn wasn't injury ridden. Pity." On which, Steyn replied, "Even without injury it would be tough to beat. Eng and Aus average 16-20 Tests a year, SA average 10-12."
Steyn further added that he wants to see the current budding South African fasters like Kagiso Rabada to break Anderson's record. "Cheers Bud! Appreciate It. Let's hope we get more games so guys like KG etc have a chance at being not just local legends, but world greats."