Dale Steyn backs Jimmy Anderson to claim his 500th wicket at Lord’s
Jimmy Anderson has 497 wickets from 128 Tests at an average of 27.74.
Updated - Sep 2, 2017 6:40 pm
South Africa’s premier fast bowler Dale Steyn has backed James Anderson to reach the landmark of 500 wickets in the third Test at Lord’s. England will play their third and final match of the series at the Mecca of Cricket from 7th September. Steyn has wished the England fast bowler good luck ahead of the crucial fixture as the hosts will want to win the series and continue their dominance at home in the whites.
The 34-year-old cricketer himself is set to return to the national side after a long time due to the shoulder injury. He has already started training, and he made the progress public himself. Steyn is expected to return to the international arena ahead for the Bangladesh series at home.
He is known to be a true sportsman and the South African once again proved it by wishing his competitor James Anderson who is on the verge of creating the history. The Proteas bowler took to Twitter and his tweet read, “Good read. Good luck Jimmy at Lords. History beckons #500.” The post also had the picture of the news that Anderson was willing to play until the age of 40.
Jimmy Anderson has so far played 128 Tests and is the most successful bowler in the Tests for England. The swing king is expected to reach the landmark in the third Test match against Windies. The bowler has 497 wickets to his name in the longest format of the game. On Thursday, he expressed his wish to play for England in the 40s of his age as well. While he is 35 years old now, it remains to be seen whether he could survive that long. The fans though must be surely hoping for him to claim his 500th scalp in Test cricket at the iconic Lord’s stadium.
The Test series between England and West Indies is tied at 1-1 and the decider is expected to be one heck of a contest. The Test match is also important for England as they would like to fine tune their batting issues before the prestigious Ashes in November.
Here is Dale Steyn’s tweet:
Good read. Good luck Jimmy at Lords. History beckons #500 pic.twitter.com/aWgAYbyUy5
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) September 2, 2017