Monty Panesar lauds Anderson, calls him ‘best fast bowler ever’

Jaipur: Former England cricketer Monty Panesar has praised James Anderson, who recently became the first pacer to scalp 600 wickets in the history of Test cricket and called him the ‘best fast bowler ever’.
“James Anderson has been brilliant. He has stayed injury-free and has always been hungry to take wickets. With this attitude he is the best fast bowler ever now,” Panesar said during SportsTiger’s show Cricket Talks.
“England team would be thinking now how long they can keep him playing. He has a brilliant record in English conditions and he is averaging around just 21 since the age of 36,” he added.
England’s veteran pacer James Anderson became the first pacer to scalp 600 wickets in Test cricket before the third and final test against Pakistan ended in a draw on Tuesday and English team sealed the 3-match series 1-0.
Anderson reached the milestone during the final Test of the three-match series against Pakistan which England won by 1-0.
The former spinner also shared his views on the Pakistan team and believes that the inexperience showed in the team.
‘This Pakistan team is still too young to know how to win testm matches. They get themselves into winning positions and don’t know how to hold onto those,’ he said.
Panesar though commended the resilience showed by the young Pakistani squad and the way they saved the third test match when at one point they looked like they will be bowled out under 50 overs.
‘Pakistan has an attitude which shows that they want to become the number one test team in the world. This new team under Misbah-ul-Haq,Younis Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed went out there and showed pride in their approach in the third test which you wouldn’t have seen with the old Pakistan squad,’ the Englishman said.
Talking about the bowling attack of the visitors, he said, ‘When the wicket isn’t swinging or seaming they really don’t know how they are going to get wickets and start relying on the batsmen to make mistakes.
This is something that they can learn by watching Anderson and Stuart Broad and how they went about things when the wicket wasn’t doing much. This Pakistan team’s strength is certainly their bowling and not their batting.

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