James Anderson and Stuart Broad Names the Toughest Batsman to Bowl Against

Published 04/24/2020, 12:46 PM EDT
LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 29: Stuart Broad and James Anderson of England wear woolly hats ahead of day one of 2nd Investec Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley on May 29, 2014 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)


The England pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad hailed Graeme Smith as the toughest batsman to bowl against. 

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James Anderson and Stuart Broad were live on the official Instagram handle of England Cricket. The duo revealed a lot about their future plans and the rivalry between them. 

Anderson and Broad are the top 2 wicket-takers for England in the test. During the live session, both described the former South African skipper as a nightmare to play against. They were all praises for the terrific opening batsman. 

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Graeme Smith made his international debut in 2003. He had established himself as one of the best batsmen in the world by scoring 714 runs in his first twelve innings including three double tons and a century. 

In the Instagram Live Q&A session, Stuart Broad revealed, “I found Graeme Smith an absolute nightmare to bowl at. I wish I could bowl at him having worked on my bowling round the wicket. It might have been different if I could try to get him driving. But bowling over the wicket never worked, it was hopeless.” 

James Anderson on Graeme Smith

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Carrying the discussion forward, Anderson said, “I had exactly the same problem. My first series against him was in 2003 and at that time I could only swing the ball back in, I didn’t have an out-swinger to a left-handed batsman” 

James Anderson faced Smith for the first time in 2003 in a home test series. Graeme has made his international debut the same year. 

The England fast-bowler added, “I was just feeding his strength, and I was getting so annoyed. He always got it through the leg-side. That series he got two double centuries and it was just impossible to bowl at him.” 

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Graeme Smith finished his cricketing career with more than 17,000 runs and 37 centuries in 347 matches. He was one of the brilliant batsmen of his era. 

 

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