Pace duo of James Anderson and Dale Steyn complimented each other on their astonishing Test careers during conversation for an English podcast.
James Anderson and Dale Steyn. (Twitter Photo)
- Dale’s record speaks for itself – it is absolutely ridiculous: James Anderson
- I watch Jimmy bowl and he is just ridiculous: Dale Steyn
- Steyn and Anderson discussed their careers during a podcast
South Africa pacer Dale Steyn on Wednesday heaped rich praise on James Anderson, calling the English bowler more skillful than himself.
Steyn and Anderson were in conversation on the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast where the both great seamers discussed their careers.
Steyn snapped 439 wickets in 93 Tests at an average of 22.95 and strike-rate of 42.3 before retiring whereas Anderson has claimed 584 scalps in his 151 matches till now at an average of 26.83 and strike-rate of 56.1.
“I watch Jimmy bowl and he is just ridiculous. I could never bowl those big in-swingers and use the crease the way he did,” Steyn said.
“I am a fan of Jimmy’s, I’m not going to lie, but when you are playing against each other you can’t allow that to come out – you don’t want to show that weakness, if you want to call it that. I have no skill! Bowl a couple of slower balls, a fast bouncer and yorker and just try and hit the mark as often as I could.”
James Anderson too came up with elusive compliments for the former South African pacer, revealing he used to read Steyn’s method with the Kookaburra ball as he aimed to become more effective in away series.
“Dale’s record speaks for itself – it is absolutely ridiculous. Unbelievable strike-rate, unbelievable average,” said Anderson, who remains a key part of England’s Test attack.
“He has done himself a disservice as he is definitely skilful, can definitely swing the ball. He swung it at 90mph-plus which was incredibly difficult to face. He was intimidating in more ways than one.
“I am lucky my action is repeatable and doesn’t put too much strain on my body. I still work on my action now and making sure it is as economical as it can be,” Anderson told when asked about his long Test career.