Joe Root hails Anderson

The England skipper says he is one of the greats of the game.

Root did not believe India had the momentum going into the fourth Test.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Joe Root has hailed James Anderson as “one of the greats of the game” as the latter closes in on yet another milestone. Anderson is seven wickets away from overtaking Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 and becoming the most successful pace bowler of all time.

“He is rightfully right up there with the likes of Glenn McGrath as one the greats of the game,” Root said here on Wednesday. “I saw a stat the other day that in his last 90 something games he averages just over 20 (23.73 in last 93).

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“One thing he gives me is great control. He is obviously a very great attacking threat when it is seaming and swinging but you always feel that he is going to create pressure for you and he is always going to ask difficult questions of batters for long periods of time.

“I think he could play for a good while yet which is really exciting; he looks desperate to do so. Hopefully it can be a really special week for him.”

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Root did not believe India had the momentum going into the fourth Test. “It’s a big week, no doubt. You can call it momentum or whatever you like. We underperformed last week, that’s the bottom line. And we’ve got a great opportunity to put that right this time around.

“One of our big strengths as a squad is our strength of character and, at home in particular, we’re very good at bouncing back from difficult weeks. We’ve done it time and time again before,” he said.