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Dhoni extends an olive branch

London: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a giant step in ending the bitterness towards James Anderson by showering high praise on the England spearhead.

At the media conference on Thursday, on the eve of the final Test, Dhoni said: “Anderson’s terrific and I’d like my bowlers to learn from the line and length he bowls...

“Anderson’s attitude is fantastic and he’s capable of getting a wicket at any time.”

Former India captain and cricket manager Ravi Shastri welcomed Dhoni’s comments.

“It’s a nice gesture... Dhoni’s an honest guy... Anderson has been bowling like a champion and he’s acknowledged that,” Shastri told The Telegraph.

Anderson needs eight wickets to get past Sir Ian Botham’s Test haul of 383, which is the England record.

England’s next Test (in the West Indies) is in April 2015, so Anderson is sure to put in that extra yard at The Oval.

Hardly a pleasing prospect for India. For the record, Anderson has already taken 21 wickets in the series.