Steve Finn has credited England coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes for keeping James Anderson in top form as the veteran pacer continues to defy age and put in impressive performances in the Test arena.
Anderson picked up five wickets in the 35 overs he bowled in the Vizag Test, after coming back into the side after missing out on the win in Hyderabad. The 41-year-old would deliver a fantastic spell in the second innings, as he seemed to be ’21 again’, according to Finn.
Speaking ton TNT Sports, the former pacer said it feels like Anderson had gone away and worked on some stuff.
“He looked 21 again,” Finn said. “He’s flying in the face of what ageing to a fast bowler is. He’s on the cusp of taking 700 Test wickets, which is a huge milestone. It actually looked as though he’d gone away and worked on some stuff.
“His run up looked to me a touch quicker than maybe it was in the summer when he was playing in the Ashes. It looked like he was really attacking the crease and getting through the crease. It just shows his desire to keep improving,” said Steve Finn.
Stokes-McCullum combination has helped us see Anderson play longer in international cricket: Finn
Finn went on to praise McCullum and Stokes, who will be playing his 100th Test, for creating the perfect environment to get the best out of Anderson and claimed that the Bazball combo has helped in prolonging the career of the veteran pacer.
“The fact that he is still waking up each day and is enthused to play Test-match cricket at the intensity that he is, I think speaks a lot about him. It also speaks a lot about the environment that Stokes and McCullum have cultivated because if you’re making a fast bowler get up every day and feel like he can influence a Test match at this stage of his career, to enthuse him to keep on going and keep going round the houses, that speaks a lot for the environment that they’ve created as well.”
“That combination means that we get to watch James Anderson in international cricket for even longer than any of us thought,” said Finn.
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