James Anderson gives his verdict on the best batsman in world cricket

James Anderson gives his verdict on the best batsman in world cricket

Anderson found it tough to zero in on a particular player.

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James Anderson of England is congratulated by teammates. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

James Anderson, England’s fast-bowler, last donned the national colours in the Test series against Pakistan. Thereafter, he was ruled out for six to eight weeks in order for him to recover from the shoulder injury. He is likely to be drafted in for the Brits’ upcoming Test series against India, which gets underway on August 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

He has been a stalwart of the team in red-ball cricket for a number of years and is expected to play a pivotal role in England’s next assignment as well. In the meantime, he also spilled the beans on the current best batsman in world cricket. AB de Villiers, who retired from all forms of cricket back in May, was a tormenting factor for the bowlers. Steve Smith is serving a one-year ban by Cricket Australia (CA).

They have all got a lot of qualities

Moreover, Kane Williamson, the all-format New Zealand-skipper, Virat Kohli, who is currently in England, and Joe Root, England’s Test captain, are also among the most efficient batsmen doing the rounds in global cricket. Kohli and Root will also be up against each other in the five-day matches on English soil. Meanwhile, Anderson found it extremely tough to zero in on a particular batsman among them.

“It is hard to pick one of them because they are all different in their own way. They have all got a lot of qualities. The thing that makes them stand out above other batsmen around the world is how they adapt to all different forms of the game,” Anderson was quoted as saying by dnaindia.com.

“That’s what’s most impressive to not only be able to score 50 off 20 balls in a T20 but also get a 100 off 250 balls in a Test match. It takes a special batsman and special mentality to do that. So, I will sit on the fence and say these are the best batsmen in the world, and not pick one,” the fast bowler added.

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