James Anderson names the toughest batsman he has ever bowled to
Anderson is one of the, if not the best bowler in the world in Test cricket at the moment.
Published - Feb 8, 2020 9:14 am | Updated - Feb 8, 2020 9:14 am
England legend James Anderson has revealed the name of the best batsman he has bowled to. Having spent most part of the last year on the sidelines due to an injury, Anderson was recently in Sky Sports studio where he was asked the interesting question. The right-arm pacer continues to be one of the best Test bowlers in the world.
In fact, Anderson has been one of the best in the world for nearly a decade now. In his prime, he was arguably the best Test bowler in the world. He is also England’s all time-leading wicket-taker. Coming to his answer, the England pace spearhead revealed that former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting was the toughest batsman he has bowled to in his international career.
His answer started on a funny note as former Ireland batsman Niall O’Brien, who was sitting beside him, probably wanted the England star to name him. Anderson was left in splits before revealing Ponting’s name. The veteran pacer went on to state just how tough it was to bowl to the legendary Australian batsman.
After naming Ponting, James Anderson went on to state the reason behind it. The England star revealed that he just could not come up with the line and length to bowl to Ponting. As a result, it went all haywire for Anderson when he used to bowl to Ponting.
“I would be thinking I can’t bowl short because he would pull me over mid-wicket, I can’t bowl full because he would drive me straight back down the ground’. Where can I bowl?” said Anderson before stating that Ponting was intimidating to bowl to.
Here is a clip of that interview:
Who is the best batsman you have ever bowled to, @jimmy9? 🏏
Nope, @niallnobiobrien, it's not you 🤣
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) February 7, 2020
James Anderson all set for a comeback
James Anderson is currently gearing up to return to England’s Test team after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. As per reports, he has made good progress from the displaced fracture to his left rib that interrupted his comeback from a five-month lay-off for a calf problem. Anderson suffered a broken rib in the second Test against South Africa and missed the final two games of the series which England won 3-1.
He is now looking set to return to England team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka where the Joe Root-led side will play a couple of Tests. Anderson has already said that he is feeling good and is hopeful of playing in the series.