London: England captain Alastair Cook paid tribute to James Anderson as the Lancashire swing bowler closed in on a national record.
Anderson needs just eight more wicket to surpass Ian Botham's England Test record of 383 in 102 Tests and could overtake the all-rounder in the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval starting today.
"It's an amazing achievement," Cook told reporters at The Oval yesterday. "If he does it in this game, I think it'll mean England are in a very strong position," added Cook, whose side have come from 1-0 down to lead the series 2-1.
"He's the most skilful bowler in the world. And I think that's a pretty good attribute as a bowler."
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