Former England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has compared legendary England pacer James Anderson‘s performances to that of star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis ace Novak Djokovic. Anderson has been absolutely sensational for England over the years and is their highest wicket-taker in Tests.
Even at the age of 39, James Anderson shows no signs of slowing down as he picked up four crucial wickets against Australia in their first innings of the third Test at the MCG. It was due to Anderson’s performances that Australia could only muster a lead of 82 runs and didn’t run away with the Test match.
Speaking to Sky Sports, here is what Monty Panesar had to say:
“James Anderson was just magnificent. His performances are really up there with great sportsmen right now like Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, (Novak) Djokovic with the tennis.”
“That was a brilliant bowling performance. We probably won’t see again another England bowler like that. I thought England had probably their best bowling performance of the series so far.”
Australia isn’t that strong compared to England: Monty Panesar
Australia have dominated England in this series so far and are on the brink of retaining the Ashes. However, Monty Panesar is of the opinion that England are a much better side and their poor performance so far has been because of the improper selection that took place in the first two Tests.
“Let’s be honest, this Australia team isn’t that strong compared to England. England have just made some poor selection errors and decisions throughout the series,” Panesar stated.
Australia ended the day with a bang, picking up four English wickets as the visitors are still trailing by 51 runs. Panesar believes that an Australian win is almost inevitable.
“We were hoping as English fans they could survive that hour but those last two wickets have given Australia the ascendancy and they’ll probably look to wrap up the series [on Day Three] at some point,” Panesar concluded.