England’s Anderson is just six wickets away from McGrath’s mark of 563 ahead of the fourth Test against India on Thursday.
McGrath, who retired in 2007, expects Anderson to surpass his record and that it will then stand the test of time.
He wrote in the Daily Mail: “Jimmy Anderson deserves everything he gets, and even though he is an Englishman I will be delighted for him when he goes past my record and becomes the most prolific fast bowler in Test history.
“Jimmy stands just six wickets away from my tally of 563 so it is only a matter of time now before he gets there – he should do it this week in the fourth Test at Southampton – and I will be getting in touch with him as soon as he does to say well done.
“I have an awful lot of respect for Jimmy. Good luck to him. I believe once he goes past me he will never be beaten.
“Records are nice and I’ve been very proud to have taken more wickets than any fast bowler in Test history, but any high is there to be beaten and I will be equally proud of Jimmy when he goes past me because the fast bowlers’ union has to stick together, whichever country we come from.”
All-rounder Moeen Ali is hoping for a spot in England‘s playing XI after a fine all-round show in the County Championship.
Playing for Worcestershire against Yorkshire, the left-handed batsman cracked a double ton and picked up eight wickets in the match, raising his chances of playing the Southampton Test against India which begins on Thursday.
Ali hasn’t been high on England’s Test priority list since an indifferent tour Down Under and he is therefore keeping his expectations low.
“If I get the nod it will be great, if not then not a problem. I’m just trying to stay in the present,” Ali was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I’m playing well and I just want to keep up the form with Worcestershire and hopefully with England as well.”
It was the second successive first-class match in which Ali picked up eight wickets. It has been a remarkable turnaround for 31-year-old as he has fully recovered from the finger injury that bothered him during the Ashes.
“If I get the call, then great, but if not, I hope the guys that are playing do really well.
“For me it’s about preparing to play and if I don’t get the call then obviously I will have to go and play county cricket. I will try to improve and get better in the nets.”
England and Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball will miss the remainder of the county season because of a back injury.
The 27-year-old, whose international career has comprised of four Tests, 18 one-dayers and two Twenty20s, sustained the problem in the Vitality Blast game against Derbyshire earlier this month.
Ball will therefore be absent for the Outlaws’ quarter-final at Somerset on Sunday, as well as the final four County Championship matches of the campaign.
“I’m extremely disappointed to get the news, I’d hoped to be back for the final parts of the season but unfortunately that isn’t possible,” Ball told Nottinghamshire’s official website.
“I’ll be following and supporting the boys and hopefully we can get through to Finals Day and have a go at defending our title.
“For me I’ll be working hard on my rehab so that I can have a full winter programme and be raring to go for next season.”
Ball has featured in all three formats for England in the last 12 months but seems to have slipped behind several bowlers at Test level.
He remains on the fringes of the limited-overs sides, though, playing in the final T20s against India last month.