Saker: Anderson is better than Proteas’ Steyn

2013-05-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — England’s bowling coach, David Saker, believes that fast bowler James Anderson is a more skilful bowler than South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

Anderson, currently the sixth-ranked bowler in the ICC Test rankings, produced a fine swing bowling performance against New Zealand at Lord’s on the weekend.

He returned match figures of 7/70 in the Test and even though he was overshadowed by team-mate Stuart Broad’s 7/44 in the second innings, Saker feels Anderson is tops when it comes to skill.

“To me he is the most skilful bowler in the world,” Saker told the Guardian.

“I know Dale Steyn is an outstanding bowler, but when you watch Jimmy and the way he went about things, he has got more skills than Dale Steyn in his locker.

“Steyn is a little bit quicker but when you watch Jimmy deliver those skills, it is just mind blowing. I would love to be in the position where Matty Prior is to watch it really closely first hand,” Saker added.

“I get an opportunity to catch him at training and it is exciting just to watch him do that.

“When he gets things right there is no more skilful bowler in the world.”

Steyn is currently ranked at number one on the ICC Test rankings.

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