7. James Anderson
Jimmy Anderson is perhaps the best fast bowler English cricket has ever produced and they have produced the likes of Ian Botham, Harold Larwood and Fred Trueman. Notwithstanding the fact that he has been more successful at home than abroad, he would again be remembered as one of the greatest swing bowlers when he decided to hang up his boots. For a little under a decade now, Anderson has been a vital cog of the English Cricket Team and his success a major factor in England cricket team’s rise. Early on his career, he use to rely too much on inswingers and cutter. But it seemed that his lack of line and length, coupled with injuries, would cut short his career. Yet, in the absence of any other fast bowler, Anderson became the spearhead of the English attack. Concentrating on his line and length so that it complements his deadly seam and swing, his limited repertoire become lethal. By his own admission, it was after Indian bowler, Zaheer Khan’s success in England that made him add reverse swing to his skillset. Over the years, his ability to swing the new ball in both directions early on in the innings with no discernible change in action and more importantly reverse swing the old ball has made him a complete fast bowler and a formidable name in cricket.
In the recently concluded test match against the West Indies in Lords’, Anderson became only the 3rd fast bowler to reach the figure of 500 test wickets. Anderson has 506 wickets from 129 tests at an average of 27.39 and a strike rate of 55.8.
While there are many videos on the internet of many Anderson’s bowling spells, his 7-43 against New Zealand definitely worth viewing.