Cricket News: As he celebrated England’s magnificent win over India, Joe Root praised James Anderson as “the GOAT of Tests.” As the hosts strolled to victory by an innings and 76 runs in Leeds, Anderson took his 400th Test wicket on home soil, while Ollie Robinson secured the second five-for of his England career.
On Saturday, India lost eight wickets for 63 runs after starting day four on 215-2 and appearing to be in a good position to force England to bat again.
The series is now tied at 1-1 heading into the next two Tests, which will be played at the Oval.
Joe Root is the GOAT of Tests, according to Anderson
Anderson concluded with figures of 4-69 at Headingley, with Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad absent from the attack, and Root hailed the paceman as the greatest of all time.
At the post-match presentation, Root, who scored 121 on his home ground, stated, “It’s what he does, why he’s the GOAT of Tests.”
“He sets a fantastic example for the bowling team. It’s fantastic for others to learn from someone as fit as he is at his age.”
400 wickets for James Anderson in 94 Tests in England – second bowler to the 400-wicket milestone in home Tests after Muttiah Muralitharan's 493 wickets in 73 Tests in Sri Lanka
— SportsTiger (@sportstigerapp) August 28, 2021
After England’s meltdown at Lord’s in the second Test, Root was overjoyed with his team’s comeback in Yorkshire.
“It was a wonderful, clinical effort,” he remarked. “The two big lads were exceptional early on, building pressure.”
“Three maidens this morning put us in a fantastic position to take wickets.” We seized opportunities when they presented themselves.
“Take a look at the talent in the locker room; we know we’re competent; all we need to do now is be more consistent.”
Today, Ollie Robinson was incredible: Anderson
Anderson shared this sentiment, singling out Robinson (5-65 in the second innings) for praise.
“It makes me happy. We wanted to come back and put in better performance, and we did that,” Anderson told Sky Sports.
“We bowled brilliantly as a team.” Because of India’s batting line quality, up’s we were nervous that if they got sunk in and built a large partnership, it could be a long day.
“Ollie Robinson was terrific today; he’s been brilliant since he joined the team.” But I believe it is the communal effort; we were persistent yesterday and continue to be so today.”
Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli was left to ponder a game that had gone horribly wrong.
“Quite bizarre, batting collapses may happen in this nation,” he remarked.
“We thought the pitch was good to bat on and that it was coming up nicely.” However, the discipline compelled mistakes, and the pressure was constant. When you’re not scoring runs, it’s difficult to cope.
“As a batting group, we need to be close and confident; we came back after being 36 all-out in Australia.”
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