The passing of the baton? © Getty Images
The passing of the baton? © Getty Images

James Anderson will take field in the first Test of the five-match series between India and England, starting August 1 at Edgbaston, Birmingham, 23 wickets behind Glenn McGrath‘s tally of 563 Test wickets. McGrath’s haul is the most for a seamer in history, and the fourth for anyone, behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Shane Warne (708), and Anil Kumble (619).

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Anderson had taken 25 wickets at 20.60 against India in 2014; an encore will be enough to take him past McGrath, though playing five Tests in six weeks is definitely going to be a challenge for cricketers, especially fast bowlers, of both sides.

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However, in an interview with Sky Sports, Anderson confessed that he is in awe of the man he is touted to surpass soon: “To be as close to someone like Glenn McGrath as I am is still a bit surreal. For me, [McGrath] is the greatest fast bowler that there has ever been. ”I’m just going to keep playing as well as I can and if I get there, I get there [past McGrath].”

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The feeling is mutual. McGrath had told cricket.com.au earlier this year: ”Records are there to be broken. If Jimmy is good enough he’ll get there. If he keeps playing for another year or two he’ll definitely get there. If he can get it good luck to him. I wish him all the best.”