James Anderson took 15 wickets in 4 matches of the Test series against India and remained at number three. He also took 5 wickets in an innings at Lord’s Test.
39-year-old James Anderson is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. (Photo: AFP)
After the cancellation of the Manchester Test between India and England, vigorous discussion is going on on every issue related to it. From the results of matches and series to the status of the World Test Championship and the economic loss to the England Cricket Board, talks and questions and answers are going on. Amidst all this, another important issue has become a topic of discussion in some parts of the English media, which is passionate for English cricket fans. This is the future of the great fast bowler James Anderson. There is speculation about Anderson, who wrote the records in Test cricket, that this may have been his last series on England soil. In the midst of such whispers, now the veteran bowler himself has clarified his stand about his future.
James Anderson, who has turned 39, played all four matches of the Test series and in such a situation, there was doubt about his playing or not playing in the fifth Test match. However, with Manchester being his home ground, it was believed that he would play his fifth consecutive Test, which would probably have been his last Test match at this ground. According to the England team’s calendar, no Test match is going to be held in Manchester next year. Along with this, there is also confusion about the Ashes series to be held later this year. Hence there is speculation that Anderson will hardly play international cricket anymore.
Can play one more year: Anderson
For the time being, Anderson himself has put an end to such speculation. Anderson, who is at the top of the list as the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, has said that he enjoyed the clash in this series and has the potential to play another year. In his column for the Daily Telegraph, Anderson wrote, “If I can still compete with the best (players), I think I can deliver more at this level. At this point in time, I don’t see (any reason) why I can play for another summer.”
Anderson made it clear that even though he is being considered old in terms of sports, his workload is being managed properly since the 2015 World Cup. Anderson has been playing only Test cricket since 2015.
Anderson doesn’t feel 39
The veteran bowler also said that he does not feel himself to be 39 years old, as he has taken good care of his body. He wrote, “There is such a gap between Test series that there is a lot of time to remodel yourself easily. The way I have been taken care of and the way I have taken care of myself, my body is like 34 or 35 years now. Yes, people say he is 39 years old and nearing the end, but I don’t really feel like 39 years old.”
Ashes series to be played at the end of the year
Anderson took 15 wickets in 4 matches of this series and remained at number three. He also took 5 wickets in an innings against India in the Lord’s Test. After this series, England now have to tour Australia later this year, where the prestigious Ashes series will be played between the two teams, which will compete in 5 Test matches. After these statements of Anderson, it is so clear that he would definitely like to hunt again by entering his arch rival’s house.
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