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Nasser Hussain recalls moment when James Anderson became a star

England pace veteran James Anderson announced burst on the scene in international cricket with his staggering four-wicket spell in England’s 112-run victory over Pakistan in a 2003 World Cup group fixture.

Anderson’s first wicket during the aforementioned game was of Pakistan’s legendary batsman Inzamamul Haq, who departed on the first ball after edging a perfectly pitched outswinger to third slip.

However, his former skipper Nasser Hussain, while hailing Anderson on Sky Sports podcast, has amaziong memories of a swinging Yorker by the talented pacer that got rid of Mohammad Yousaf on the following delivery.

“I only had him [Anderson] for a short period, and people took that wrong way, as if he was a troublemaker, as if he wouldn’t listen or whatever. He would listen,” said Hussain.

“Like the Mohammad Yousaf dismissal in that World Cup game against Pakistan. We had struggled to get Mohammad Yousaf out and were wondering how are we going to get him out? Duncan [Fletcher] the night before said full swinging delivery early on. I had completely forgot but Anderson with just two minutes in the game, bowled a full swinging delivery and polls were all over the place.” he added.

Hussain also recalled the first time he watched Anderson bowl, he reminded him of raw Pakistani fast-bowlers.

“I’ll tell you now, to this day, when I first saw him, you just knew he was a special talent. That sort of natural bowler that England just do not produce. It’s almost like those videos you see on Twitter of young Pakistan bowlers running in on a dirt track and bowling. Jimmy Anderson was the most naturally gifted bowler I had seen. He was outstanding, different league.” he concluded.

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