Glen Chapple hails James Anderson as he reaches 600 Test wickets
The current Head Coach and Anderson's former team mate hailed his determination and desire to constantly improve over the years
Glen Chapple has hailed James Anderson’s determination and desire to constantly improve as he became the first seam bowler in Test history to reach 600 wickets.
Anderson reached the milestone during the final day of England's third Test against Pakistan at The Ageas Bowl, having Azhar Ali caught at slip to cement his place as the finest quick bowler ever to play Test cricket.
Lancashire’s Head Coach has played alongside and coached Anderson since he made his List A debut for the Red Rose 19 years ago, and most recently oversaw his return to international cricket as bowling coach for the West Indies series.
Having been a constant throughout his career, Chapple praised the 38-year-old’s achievement and his ‘ruthless streak’ in cementing his place as one of the finest cricketers to have played the game.
“I’m not sure there is any context. It’s ridiculous really, 600 Test wickets,” Chapple said.
“There’s a ruthless streak in him, the very best in the world demonstrate these traits. A lot is made of how grumpy he can be, but that’s because he sets such high standards.
“How hard he is on himself in practice, it just shows the hunger and desire he has to be as good as he can be, not just to achieve milestones but it’s a daily requirement for him to be excellent.
“The work ethic he’s showed, the dedication and discipline to stay at the top for so long and constantly strive to get better. At international level everything’s heightened, speculation on whether you can carry on playing is always there but he’s never taken a backwards step.
“As a fellow professional and as a coach, to see someone put in that effort is great to watch. It’s brilliant to watch his skills, his competitiveness on the field and his belief and determination, it’s just a stream of things you can say about someone like that.”
Chapple reserved particular praise for his determination to get better in the later stages of his career, too.
“It’s hard to measure over the last 10 years because he’s been as good as anybody in the world, particularly in England, but his record around the world has been improving as well,” he said.
“The standard he got to in his mid-to-late twenties was fantastic to see, and he obviously has got better in certain areas.
“He’s had to work harder and harder, but his fitness levels now are astonishing really. I’ve watched him train the last few months and the pace he’s bowling is up there, it’s not slowing down.
“I don’t think he should be subject to some of the comments over the last few weeks, the last two Tests have shown he’s back to his best. There’s no reason why he can’t continue.
“Everyone at Lancashire is delighted for him, he deserves his achievement. I’m sure his family are immensely proud & he should be as well.”
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