James Anderson backs ‘superhuman’ Joe Root to beat Sir Alastair Cook’s England runs record

James Anderson picked up his seventh five-plot test drive at Lord’s and says the ground “brings out the best in him”; Seamer says he didn’t come close to missing Test 2 after suffering a ring on the eve of the game; Watch the third day from 10.15am, Saturday, Sky Sports The Hundred

Joe Root is now second on England’s list of all-time race scorers in test cricket, behind only Sir Alastair Cook.

James Anderson feels Joe Root will “absolutely” surpass Sir Alastair Cook’s test race record for England after beating Graham Gooch for second place.

England captain Root topped Gooch’s 8,900 run count during his 48 unbeaten on the second day of Test 2 against India at Lord’s and is now chasing Cook’s whopping 12,472 figure.

Anderson, who completed his 31st and seventh five proving grounds tour at Lord’s earlier in the day, described Root as “superhuman” for the way he has captained England during the troubles posed by the coronavirus pandemic and He kept his hitting form.

Root, 30, is the top run scorer in test cricket this year and will be looking for five hundred from 2021, and second in two matches, after scoring 109 in Test 1 against India at Trent Bridge.

“Absolutely,” Anderson said when asked if he expected Root, who came into the crease on Friday with England having lost ground on the previous two balls, to overtake Cook.

“Joe has been amazing throughout his career and these last 12 months, in particular, with everything that we’ve been through with the pandemic and the pressures on this team, to be able to captain the team and perform the way that he has. it has been superhuman. ” .

“I have a lot of time for Joe and I can’t speak highly of him. Every time he comes out, he shows his class. I’m sure there will be a lot more to come from him.”

Anderson suffered a stiff quad on the eve of the Trial of the Lord, which apparently put his participation in question, but reflecting on how close he came to missing the game, the closer said: “In the end, not much. I’m not really sure! How did that come out of our group!

“I went for a scan on Wednesday afternoon, just as a precaution, just to check that my quadriceps stiffness was nothing more than stiffness.

“The scan was fine and that was it. I bowled on Wednesday afternoon, felt good and was declared fit.”

Anderson fired Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara on the first day at Lord’s and then represented Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah on the second day as India fell from their 276-3 to 364 overnight.

Anderson, 39, said: “The last times I’ve been to Lord’s I’ve thought, ‘Will this be the last time?’

“You want to put in good performances every time you put on an England jersey, but it’s a bit more special for me at Lord’s. I made my debut here, got my first five-course course here. To get seven five-course courses here is amazing. .

“I love being here and it seems to bring out the best in me, whether it’s the wicket or the venue itself. Hopefully it’s not my last time here or my last time on the honors board.”

England will start the third day behind India by 245 runs after going 119-3 on stumps on Friday.

Anderson added: “India probably still has the upper hand, but if we can get a couple of big partnerships, we will get back in the game, especially if we can get close to or beat them.”

“We’re definitely not out of the game, but we have a lot of hard work to do. We have to hit on Saturday, that’s how we see the situation. If we can do that, we know we’ll be there or we will be there.”

Sir Andrew Strauss: “All these records keep coming and it’s easy to take it for granted. It’s phenomenal and perhaps mistakenly we are still looking for signs that this extraordinary race is nearing its end. I don’t see any signs. He’s bowling.” like he’s never done, getting movement, he had incredible control. He’s a genius at work. “

Dinesh Karthik: “Anderson’s wrist needs to be cut off and check how good it is. He’s that good. He can go beyond the fold and hit the outer swinger, close the fold and throw an inner swinger.”

Watch the third day of the second test between England and India live on Sky Sports The Hundred from 10.15am on Saturday.

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