James Anderson

Brian Lara called James Anderson the greatest fast bowler ever before Anderson’s retirement from Test cricket.

West Indies legend Brian Lara has showered praise on England’s James Anderson, calling the 41-year-old pacer the greatest fast bowler in cricket history. Anderson, who has taken a staggering 700 wickets in 187 Tests, is set to retire after the upcoming three-match series against the West Indies starting July 10th at Lord’s.

Lara, himself a batting icon, expressed his admiration for Anderson ahead of his farewell Test. “He’s the greatest fast bowler to ever play the game. His numbers are incredible, and he’s served England exceptionally well,” Lara declared on Sky Sports.

While acknowledging that Anderson might not have chosen retirement himself, Lara stated, “He’s accepted it quite well. If that’s the decision of the captain, coach, and selectors, then so be it.”

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“He’s had a phenomenal career for England. There aren’t many English cricketers who can match his achievements. He’s not only the leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Tests, but he’s also enjoyed a career spanning over 23 years. Only Courtney Walsh comes close in terms of longevity, but Anderson’s legacy will be immense. He commands respect worldwide as an English cricketer,” Lara concluded.

Anderson, who debuted in 2003 against Zimbabwe at Lord’s, has a chance to surpass Shane Warne’s record of 708 Test wickets during the first Test against the West Indies. Notably, this could potentially see him finish his career as the second-highest wicket-taker in Test history.

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Last Updated on July 3, 2024