Viv Richards is considered one of West Indies’ greatest cricketers © Getty Images

James Anderson is all set to win his 100th Test cap for England during the first against West Indies at Antigua. Anderson is also just four wickets away from equaling Ian Botham‘s record of 383 wickets. Viv Richards hails Anderson and ranks him with some of the top English fast bowlers. WI vs Eng 2015: Cook wants his players to concentrate on the series and avoid distraction

“He ranks with the great English fast bowlers, with the Bob Willises, the Ian Bothams and folks like that. He’s done magnificently well. Anderson has got tremendous ability and I guess where he’s at now – four wickets away from surpassing the great Sir Ian – is a tribute to the individual and to his professionalism as leader of the bowling attack,” said Richards. Andrew Strauss express interest in becoming Director of England Cricket

“I captained a lot of great bowlers and I would have liked Anderson too,” Richards added.  Anderson has attempted to divert the attention ahead of his big day, focusing on the team’s efforts to come back from a dreadful winter of white ball cricket. Eng cricketers undergo strength and conditioning training prior to 1st Test

But with Richards’ words echoed by Curtly Ambrose, one of the most fearsome fast bowlers to have graced the game, he would be forgiven for getting a touch carried away. Ambrose, speaking at the launch of his new autobiography ‘Time to Talk’, said: “I’ve always liked James Anderson, he is a quality fast bowler. To have taken so many wickets in Test cricket is no mean feat because a fast bowler’s life is a short one. James Anderson’s remarkable achievements hailed by Alastair Cook

“To be four wickets away from Botham’s 383 is a phenomenal achievement. I want to wish James all the best for his 100th Test but I hope he doesn’t do too well, because I think the West Indies will win,” Ambrose added. James Anderson recalls his favourite memories ahead of 100th Test against WI