According to legendary leg-spinner, Shane Warne, champion England bowler Jimmy Anderson has defied his birth certificate yet again to provide his best performance on Australian soil and keep his team’s narrow Ashes chances alive.
Anderson shined on the second day of the third Test, bowling with excellent discipline, control, and even enthusiasm after removing David Warner late on Sunday.
The 39-year-old bowled a brilliant opening spell, which was rewarded when he slipped an in-swinger past Steve Smith’s defense and smashed the stumps to dismiss the Australian great for just 16.
Then, in the second session, as an opener, Marcus Harris quietly worked his way towards his maiden Test century.
Anderson struck, drawing the left-hander forward and hitting the outside edge of his bat, leading to a simple catch at first slip by skipper Joe Root.
Anderson not only got important Australian top-order wickets, but he also kept the runs at the wait. At tea, his numbers were 19 overs, nine maidens, and 3-24.
Anderson, who is in his 168th Test for England, ranks first among fast bowlers in terms of Test wickets and third overall.
However, his performance in Australia – 66 wickets at 33.6 in 20 Tests – pales in comparison to his overall record in England, when he took 402 wickets at 24.2 in 95 Tests.
But on Monday, Anderson took advantage of an unusually green MCG pitch to give England some hope in a 2-0 deficit in the Ashes series.