Former Pakistan star Wasim Akram believes England's James Anderson is the world's best bowler as he continues his fine form in this summer's Ashes series. 

Anderson played a key role for England as they took the a 2-0 lead over Australia in the series, with the 31-year-old picking up 13 wickets in the two matches. 

And Wasim, a master of reverse swing, said he's impressed with Anderson's bowling and he praised the Englishman's ability to move the ball both ways. 

"Jimmy Anderson is leading from the front. For me he is the best bowler of this era," Wasim told BBC Sport.

"He does it consistently, with the new ball and the old ball."

Wasim tormented opponents during the late 1980s and early 90s with his reverse swing, and has noticed similarities with Anderson. 

"Jimmy is up there with me and Waqar (Younis) because of the control he has," said Wasim.

"He was always good with the new ball, but with the old ball he is intelligent. He bowls five away-swingers, then one inswinger and takes a wicket.

"Other England bowlers like Steven Finn and Stuart Broad try to alternate inswingers and outswingers, but if you do that your line or length won't be the same every ball you bowl," he explained. 

Anderson recently took his 320th Test wicket as he moved up to third in England's all time list behind Ian Botham and Bob Willis.

England are currently in battle with Australia on day two of third Test, with the Aussie's set to post a commanding first innings score.

 

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