Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Anderson Approaches Milestone with Praise Ringing in His Ears

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Anderson Approaches Milestone with Praise Ringing in His Ears

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent

JIMMY ANDERSON needs eight wickets over the next five days to become England's greatest Test bowler. As he prepared his latest assault on India, Standard Sport heard from some of the men who witnessed his rise to the top.

ALASTAIR COOK (England captain, has played 85 of his 108 Tests with Anderson and led him in 25) When I first faced him for Essex against Lancashire, he called me every name under the sun. We then went on an England A tour and didn't speak a word to each other. We were both called up from the West Indies to join the full tour of India and sat together on the plane. Up to then, all he'd said to me were swear words but we're now great friends. What amazes me is how he keeps trying to improve. I've faced a lot of his net bowling and he's always working on something.

MS DHONI (India captain, right) He has a fantastic attitude on the field. He is really someone who can take wickets at any point of the game, and that really gives the edge to England. He is very consistent with his line and length and that is something I would like our bowlers to learn from him. I remember the 2007 series in England when he began to bowl the inswingers but he was not really accurate. Over the years, he has made it a weapon for himself and troubles the batsmen a lot, especially the left-handers.

MARK RAMPRAKASH (Played for Surrey against Lancashire when Anderson made his first-class debut in May 2002) It was apparent immediately from the first two deliveries I faced that he was quite a wily bowler. They were outside my off stump and quick enough to take me by surprise. In the second innings, he got me out first ball with an inswinging yorker that struck me on the toes. It would have knocked out all three stumps. I could tell that this was a young bowler with serious potential. He had pace and swing. If you have those, you have a great chance.

MICHAEL BROWN (Ex-county batsman who played alongside Anderson when he made his first team debut for Burnley Cricket Club in the Lancashire League) Jimmy was 10 when we first played together for Burnley Under-13s and my brother, David, was best man at his wedding, so we've known each other a long time. …

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