Jordan: Anderson close to record

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Published: Wednesday 15th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Chris Jordan believes Sir Ian Botham’s Test wickets record is “just around the corner” for England team-mate James Anderson.

Anderson took the 381st wicket of his career when he had Devon Smith caught behind, leaving him two short of Botham’s national record and three away from standing alone as the most prolific bowler in England’s history.

The Lancashire paceman bowled just four overs after tea on day two and was not used in the last 21 overs of the day, so can expect to charge in on Wednesday morning in pursuit of the record.

West Indies will resume on 155 for four in reply to the tourists’ 399 all out, and Jordan feels Anderson is close to reaching the milestone.

“Jimmy got us off and running with the first wicket and the rest of us tried to back that up, which I thought we did pretty well. If he keeps doing that and bowling the way he does those wickets are just around the corner,” said Jordan.

“The stat is obviously there but I don’t think Jimmy or any of us are going about our cricket or thinking about things differently.

“We’re just trying to group balls as a bowling unit and create pressure.

“As a group we try and win every session, so we’ll come back as hard as we can to break this partnership then make inroads into the tail.”

Jordan, who contributed 21 not out, one wicket and a stunning catch to the day’s play, brushed aside concerns over Anderson’s fitness.

West Indies vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite suggested that Anderson appeared tired in the evening session, but that was news to his fellow paceman.

“No, not at all,” he said.

“He’s in a good head space as far as I’m concerned and hopefully he can build on a lot of the good stuff he did today

“Jimmy didn’t go about his business any differently.”

West Indies opener Brathwaite did a good job of seeing off Anderson in a challenging first spell and though he eventually fell for 39, he enjoyed the test.

“Obviously when Anderson started with the new ball it was moving a lot, so facing him then was a little more challenging.

“But obviously he bowled a couple of overs before lunch as well so I don’t know if maybe he was a little bit tired.

“It was a good challenge facing him when the ball is swinging both ways. The key is to keep as still as possible.”

Brathwaite’s knock would probably have lasted longer had anyone other than the athletic Jordan been stationed at slip, where he claimed a superb one-handed catch inches off the ground.

Jordan is, of course, Barbados born – a fact not lost on Brathwaite.

“It was CJ who caught me, a fella from here, so it was quite unlucky.”

Published: Wednesday 15th April 2015 by The News Editor

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