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Legendary Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath believes that England seamer James Anderson will set his sights on taking 600 Test wickets after surpassing his record.
Anderson became the most prolific fast bowler in Test history after taking his 564th wicket on the final day of the fifth Test against India at The Oval.
Anderson clean bowled Mohammed Shami to not only lead England to a 118-run win and a 4-1 series victory, but he also broke McGrath’s record and established himself as the most successful quick bowler in the longest format of the game.
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With Anderson having gone past his record, McGrath now feels that Anderson will look to enter the 600-wicket club, which only has three members – Muttiah Muralitharan, who took 800 wickets, Shane Warne, who claimed 708 wickets, and Anil Kumble, who picked up 619 wickets.
“Just to see Jimmy now, he looks fit and keen and running around, it depends on what he wants to do. He has gone past me and I think the next bar is 600 Test wickets,” McGrath told the BBC as quoted by the International Cricket Council’s website. “If he can get to 600 Test wickets, that’s an incredible effort, and if he is still got that drive, that passion to get yourself up, to put the hard work in off the field to carry you through on the field… if he has still got that desire, then he can play as long as he wants.”
Should Anderson reach 600 Test wickets, McGrath, whose last Test wicket was none other than the 36-year-old, feels that the Burnley native could even overtake Kumble.
“I think he’s still got little bit left in the tank yet,” McGrath said. “I’d like to see Jimmy go and get 600 and then whether he wants to try and knock off one of these dodgy spinners that are still at the top of the tree. I think Kumble is about 619. That’s within range.”