Former Test paceman Darren Gough believes Graeme Swann could one day be regarded as Englands finest spinner and rates fast bowler James Anderson as the countrys best-ever exponent of the new ball. Gough,who took 229 wickets at an average of 28.39 in 58 tests between 1994 and 2003,also told Reuters that all-rounder Stuart Broad would amass more than 300 wickets in the five-day format of the game.
Swann could go down as Englands greatest spinner when he finishes his career, said the former Yorkshire captain. I think hell end up with more than 300 test wickets and Broad too, he added. These guys keep fit,they hardly play any county cricket any more like we did in my day. They know they only have to play seven or eight tests in the English summer and another eight or so in the winter, added Gough. Thats all they have to play and they dont have to play one-day cricket either.
The 34-year-old Swann went into the second Ashes test against Australia at Lords with 226 wickets to his name and added nine. Derek Underwood (297) is Englands most prolific wicket-taker among spinners followed by Swann and Jim Laker on 193.
The 30-year-old Anderson picked up 10 wickets in the first test victory in Nottingham last week to take his overall tally to 317 and is closing fast on Ian Beefy Bothams all-time England record of 383.
Anderson is going to break all sorts of records, said Gough. Jimmy,of all the bowlers Ive seen with the new ball in his hand,is the best simply because he can bowl outswingers with little change of action. I cant remember anyone ever doing that before. With Beefy I could tell from his action what sort of ball he was going to bowl. With Jimmy theres hardly any change,its all down to his wrist action. (Reuters)