Not flattered in the least and I would argue he is a better athlete than either McGrath or Walsh too. He can field in pretty much any position and rarely drops a catch. Also wonderfully mobile in the outfield with a bullet throw.
A lot of bowlers can swing the ball but controlling it like he does so consistently is unusual. His ability to find just the right line and length when it is really hooping is miraculous really. His nous too in these situations is fantastic. Often I watch him bowl at a new batsman and he’ll show them an inswinger and outswinger early, then once he has them watchful he will hold back either, committing them to play just outside off stump until just the right moment. They know it’s coming but can do nothing about it. He can move the ball off the seam both ways in all conditions too, so the batsman also has to watch for the non-swinging deliveries! To bowl a seaming delivery and a swinging delivery with only subtle variations in his action and wrist position so the batsman can’t pick them and then put all these on a sixpence relentlessly is amazing and he can do it all day if required, 50 overs in a match is fairly usual.
He is a God!
Please excuse gratuitous Jimmy worship post…