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Anderson finds Amla, Ponting 'most difficult batsmen' to bowl

ANI  |  Johannesburg [South Africa] 

pacer James Anderson has revealed that he found South Africa's veteran batsman Hashim Amla and former Australian skipper the most difficult batsmen he bowled to.

Anderson made his revelation while appearing with former Australian leg-spinner in the Sky studio to discuss the Indian League (IPL).

While Warne chose Brian Lara and besides Jacques Kallis, Kevin Pietersen, Graham Gooch and Ponting in the list of batsmen he had trouble bowling to in his Test career, Anderson opted to pick Ponting and Amla.

"I'd put (Ricky) Ponting right up there, especially in Australian conditions," Sport24 quoted Anderson as saying.

The 34-year-old said that Ponting used to make it very difficult for him to settle as a bowler because of his ability to hit from any length.

"Now, Hashim Amla is right up there (too) - he's very difficult to bowl at, especially in Test cricket."

The right-arm pacer will face Amla in July, as host in a four-Test series.

Anderson, a 122-Test veteran, is England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker. He has taken 467 wickets at an average of 28.50.

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First Published: Sat, April 15 2017. 04:44 IST