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David Saker has hailed James
Anderson as "the most skilful
bowler in the world" following his
performance in the first Test of the
series against New Zealand at
Anderson claimed the 13th five-
wicket haul of his Test career in the
first innings to become just the fourth
England bowler to take 300 Test
wickets. Now Saker, England s bowl-
ing coach, believes that Anderson
has every chance of becoming the
first to reach 400.
While Saker accepted that Ander-
son lacks the pace of South Africa
fast bowler Dale Steyn, he believes
Anderson s desire for continual self-
improvement has helped him develop
into one of the top seam-and-swing
bowlers in world cricket, with a rare
ability to swing the ball both ways
from a well-disguised action.
"To me, he is the most skilful fast
bowler in the world," Saker said. "I
know Dale Steyn is an outstanding
bowler, but when you watch the way
Jimmy goes about things, he has
more skills in his locker. Steyn might
be a little quicker but watch Anderson
deliver those skills and it s just mind-
blowing. When he gets it right, there s
no more skilful bowler in the world.
"Jimmy keeps getting better. I
don t know whether his figures say
that, but he s the one player I ve
coached that is never satisfied with
what he s got. For him it would be
easy to be satisfied because he has
so many skills, but he keeps working
on things in training. I ve never met
a guy as good as him who keeps
wanting to get better.
"I remember watching him as a
supporter of the Australian team. He
could swing the ball but you could
always get a four off him. Now it s
really hard to get runs off him. He s
very rarely cut. He has excellent con-
trol and he always tests the batsman.
He s a class bowler.
"He has a body that can play for
a lot longer, too. We hope he can go
beyond 400 wickets and become
England s greatest wicket-taker. He
has a really nice action, he s a sea-
soned campaigner and he knows how
to manage his body. We hope he can
stay on the park for another five or
Saker was almost equally effusive
about Stuart Broad. It was Broad
who produced the match-clinching
performance in the final innings
against New Zealand, taking his Test-
best figures of 7 for 44 and, though
Saker admitted Broad lacked the con-
sistency to be categorised as a great
bowler, he suggested such a scenario
was possible in the future.
"When he gets everything right,
there aren t many better in the
world," Saker said. "We ll be talking
about that spell for a long time. It s
as good a spell as you ll ever see
anywhere. He has days where he
just tears teams apart and he did it
"The one thing that stands out
from the greats to the very good is
the greats are consistent. Stuart still
has things to learn about bowling.
But in my book he s still getting
better every time and he s learning
a lot from having some down times.
He s come back bigger and better
from some down times in India.
Those things happen. There are a
lot of bowlers who have gone
through times which are a bit tough."
Saker has made extravagant
claims over the strength of England s
bowling before. Almost exactly a
year ago, he suggested the England
attack was "as good as" the Aus-
tralian attack of Shane Warne, Glenn
McGrath, et al. but, on this occasion,
he admitted there was room for
improvement from the England unit.
Steven Finn, who is struggling for
rhythm, is a particular concern for
Saker at present.
"He probably isn t bowling as well
as he could, but he s getting wickets,"
Saker said. "He s got that knack of
getting wickets. He s got the pace.
We re just working on a few little
things but I m sure he ll be all right
and confident by Leeds.
"In the first 13 or 14 overs in the
first innings we were good, but then
we went away from what we knew
was going to work. We bowled too
short and we got cut quite often. It
was the one easy scoring shot to play
in the game. There s no trick in crick-
et, if you bowl a ball that s going to
hit the stumps, it puts the batter
under pressure. We did that really
well on the third morning and in the
Saker expressed admiration for the
New Zealand team, too, but suggested
that their impressive performance in
the series between the countries in
New Zealand may have contributed
to England producing a much-
improved showing at Lord s. Having
bowled them out for just 68 in the
second innings, though, Saker feared
the tourists may struggle to recover
their confidence before the second
Test starts in Leeds on Friday.
"The one thing we ve learned in
recent months is that New Zealand
are a bloody good cricket team," Saker
said. "They ve competed extremely
well against us and we ve found it
really hard to get them out. And their
bowlers have been as good as any
bowling attack. They ve been so dis-
ciplined. I think we were all surprised
how good they were in New Zealand.
So we had a real steely look about
us as we re so impressed by the way
they ve played.
"But it can definitely hurt you
being bowled out for 68. When the
ball moves, we have a lot of teams
measures. We ve some good skilful
bowlers. Some days in England it is
very tough to bat and now we have
a chance to keep kicking them."
James Sutherland says Cricket
Australia may consider
implementing a social media
policy after opening batsman
David Warner became embroiled
in an expletive-laden Twitter
exchange with two journalists.
Warner is reportedly expected
to plead guilty at a hearing today
for breaching Cricket Australia's
Code of Conduct after
expressing anger in a series of
tweets at newspaper articles.
The 26-year-old opening
batsman could be fined,
suspended or ordered to
undergo counseling as a result of
his social media outbursts.
Sutherland said while Cricket
Australia may consider
implementing rules governing
the use by players of social
media, he doesn't want to
discourage players from using
"In a specific case here with
David, he's been charged so it's
not really appropriate with the
hearing pending to say too much
about that," Sutherland said.
"But obviously we've taken the
view that there's something to
answer for in this instance. (AP)
most skilful in world
James Anderson chipped in with the wicket of Dean Brownlie, England vs New Zealand, on the fourth day of the
first Test at Lord's on Sunday. Anderson's dismissal of Dean Brownlie was a high-class display of inswing and
outswing. PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
Cricket Australia considers social media policy
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