Joe Root Hails James Anderson As A Rare Talent Bowling Better Than Ever As The Paceman Helps England Crush India


JOE ROOT hailed king of swing James Anderson as a “special commodity” after England destroyed India in the Second Test.

Anderson, 36, returned match figures of 9-43 – including his 100th Test wicket at Lord’s – as England beat the No.1 ranked team in the world by an innings and 159 runs.

Getty Images – Getty Joe Root is first to salute James Anderson as the pace legend dismisses Lokesh Rahul on the way to another amazing milestone – 100 Test wickets at Lord’s

It is India’s 11th worst defeat of all time – and their heaviest since 2014.

Captain Root said: “Jimmy’s a special, special commodity, isn’t he? He is something that doesn’t come along very often and we’ve got to enjoy him while he’s around.

“There’s been chat about his longevity but, at the minute, he’s bowling better than he ever has before.

“Even though the conditions suited, you’ve still got to put the ball in the right area and ask the right questions of batters. Throughout the whole game, he did just that.

AP:Associated Press James Anderson leaves with a stump after taking four wickets as India were dismissed for just 130 to seal a huge victory for England at Lord’s

Reuters James Anderson is the man who always can for England – as skipper Joe Root hands him the ball during an emphatic Second Test win for England

“His record suggests that he puts in fantastic performances time and again. And you know that, even if he’s not taking wickets, he’s going at only two runs-an-over so he always gives you control.

“For him to be performing like this is something else. It’s great to watch and to be a part of.”

Anderson’s partner in demolition Stuart Broad produced a spell of 7-4-7-4 as he wrecked India’s middle-order, including taking the vital wicket of Virat Kohli.

Getty – Contributor Stuart Broad was in just as devastating form as James Anderson as the highly-experienced duo each took four wickets in the tourists’ dismal second innings

Root added: “In his second over, Stuart came to me and said, ‘I feel in good rhythm – I’m looking forward to a long spell.’

“That’s what you want to hear from one of your senior bowlers. And he didn’t disappoint. When someone is in that frame of mind and that zone, it doesn’t really matter where you put the fielders – you know they are going to ask the right questions. It’s a lovely feeling to have as captain.”

Kohli struggled for fitness after suffering a back spasm and needed treatment on the field

Getty – Contributor James Anderson was again outstanding as he shares England’s fourth-day victory joy with skipper Joe Root, putting the hosts 2-0 up in the five-Test series

He expects to be fit for the Third Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday – although he might not be able to field with his normal athleticism.

Kohli explained: “My back hasn’t been great for the past two days – it can be very tricky when it happens.

“It is sore but, with treatment, I should be good to go for the next game although not with full intensity in the field. I should be 100 per cent with the bat.”

Spin bowler Ravi Ashwin also needed treatment after being struck on the right index finger by Sam Curran.

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