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Our pairing can be true Test greats.

JAMES ANDERSON and Graeme Swann are capable of matching Australia greats Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne - according to England's bowling coach David Saker.

Using McGrath and Warne - arguably the defining seam and spin bowlers of their era - as a yardstick is not something to be done lightly, but Saker believes the England duo are hitting similar heights.

When McGrath and Warne retired in 2007 they had a combined tally of 1,271 Test wickets, a total Saker's current colleagues - who share 455 - cannot hope to replicate.

But Anderson's mastery of controlled swing bowling and Swann's ever-reliable brand of finger spin have played a large part in propelling England to No1 in the world.

"When Jimmy and Swann bowl together it is not unlike McGrath and Warnie at times," said Saker following England's nine-wicket win over the West Indies.

"McGrath and Warne in tandem were amazing but I have seen some spells from Jimmy and Swanny that have been just as good or better.

"In Sri Lanka there were a couple of times, especially in the second Test, when those two reminded me so much of McGrath and Warne."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUE
Date:May 30, 2012
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