Captain Joe Root described James Anderson as England’s greatest of all time after a reverse-swing masterclass teed up a thumping 227-run win over India in Chennai. Anderson delivered a sensational spell of three wickets for six runs in five overs as India tumbled from 92-2 to 110-5 en route to being shot out for 192 on day five of the first Test having been set a world-record 420 for victory.
“His skill level keeps improving, his work rate is as good as anyone’s I’ve ever seen, and his fitness levels are probably the best they have ever been in his whole career.” Root said. “He finds ways of constantly challenging himself. He is a credit to English cricket and sets a great example to all the young players, batters and bowlers.”
“They should see that these are the big moments you have to grasp if you want to win series like this against a side as good as India,” he added. “When you are under pressure and need something to happen and you have Jimmy in your armoury, it is a very comfortable position to be in.”
“When reverse swing came into it, the skill level and accuracy of Jimmy was always going to be very potent. To deliver a spell like that, it really changed the dynamic of the day.” Root continued. “I can’t think of a better over in my time [than the one in which Gill and Rahane were dismissed] It reminded me of Andrew Flintoff in 2005 and the impact of that over to Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer. We’ve come to expect it from him but we shouldn’t really. It’s unbelievable time and time again. Big players do special things.”