Anderson is a special commodity: Joe Root

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Effusive in his praise for very effective James Anderson, England skipper Joe Root says the veteran paceman is a “special commodity”, who is getting better with age.

The 36-year-old Anderson crossed the 100-wicket mark at Lord’s during England’s comprehensive victory by an innings and 159-run win in the second Test against India .

Anderson is also on the cusp of overtaking Glenn McGrath as the most successful fast bowler in Test cricket. With 553 wickets, he is 10 short of the Australian great.

“He’s a special, special commodity, isn’t he? He’s something that doesn’t come along very often and we’ve got to enjoy him while he’s around. There’s been chat about his longevity but at the minute he’s bowling better than he ever has before,” Root said.

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“Even though the conditions suited, you’ve still got to put the ball in the right area and ask the right questions of the batsmen. Throughout the whole game he did just that, he set the tone well with Stuart (Broad), and as a whole bowling group we were really, really good, said Root.