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Legendary England all-rounder Ian Botham has announced that pace bowler James Anderson deserves to break his record for the most Test wickets taken by an English cricketer.
Botham, who took 383 wickets during his illustrious career, expects Anderson to achieve the feat during the upcoming five-Test series against India.
“He is 28 wickets shy of my tally at the moment and if he stays fit I expect to see him take the record during the India series because he is still at the peak of his powers,” Botham wrote in his column for the Daily Mirror. “It should only be a pit stop for a wonderful bowler, who will go on to take 400-plus wickets and set a big total for the next generation to chase.
“I enjoyed taking every one of my 383 wickets, but records are there to be broken and I’ll have a special bottle of something waiting for Jimmy when he goes past it.”
Botham was also pleased that the national selectors recalled all-rounder Ben Stokes for the Test series against India.
“There are a couple of players knocking on the door in county cricket, none more so than Ben Stokes, who has done what the selectors asked and should be back in the fold,” Botham wrote. “Stokes is a Test-class cricketer who makes things happen. The sooner he is back playing for England the better and nothing says I’m ready like the 10-wicket haul he picked up against Sussex this week.”