Exclusive: Strauss tips Anderson to claim England's wicket record

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Andrew Strauss has backed his former teammate James Anderson to become England's number one Test bowler.

Strauss was talking ahead of today's (Friday) second Test match against New Zealand, where Anderson is expected to move up to third on the all-time list.

Currently on 305 wickets, Anderson needs three more to overtake Fred Trueman and Strauss believes it's only a matter of time before the Lancashire bowler tops the list.

"I think as long as Anderson doesn't get injured he will take the all-time wicket record. He's a phenomenal bowler who is getting better all the time," he told GiveMeSport in an exclusive interview.

Anderson was a vital part of the England teams who claimed consecutive Ashes series victories in 2009 and 2010-11, taking more wickets than anyone else in the latter.

Strauss attributes that success to Anderson's constant desire to better himself, adding: "He's a great example of how sticking at is and learning and never being satisfied can help you keep improving."

Anderson will hope to claim two more Ashes series wins as England host Australia this summer, before travelling to the Southern hemisphere in the winter.

They will be captained by Alastair Cook, who Strauss feels has done a great job since succeeding him in August last year.

"He (Cook) has been fantastic and stepped into the role comfortably. He's scored a lot of runs, led the team well and is very well respected by the players," said the former Middlesex-man.

Cook currently holds the record for most Test centuries for England, and Strauss is confident the man he used to open the batting with will continue to succeed for his country.

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