“I think I have a lot to offer in terms of my experiences in Test cricket” – James Anderson
By SMCS - Jul 9, 2024 8:30 am
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Veteran England pacer James Anderson has revealed that he is quite proud of what he has achieved over his career so far and he is also excited about playing his 188th Test, aged 42. Anderson again said that he would share how much he has been able to contribute to Test victories throughout his career as well.

James Anderson
James Anderson and Shubman Gill

At a presser on Monday, James Anderson said: “The fact I will be playing my 188th Test at just short of 42 years of age makes me most proud. The fact I have been able to play this long, the fact I have committed to playing this long and trying to push myself to be the best I possibly can be. That is all I have ever done. Even though I know I only have one game left, I have tried as hard as I ever have to get myself in a position where I can bowl well for the team.”

“To have been able to contribute to Test victories is something that when I do look back on my career will make me most proud. I am going to be able to sit back over the next few years and be incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved. I don’t have any regrets. I have played hundreds of games for England, in both white ball and red ball. I have played longer than a lot of people get the opportunity to do. I have played with a lot of people more talented than me who didn’t get the chance to play due to injury or whatever, so I feel blessed to take the amount of wickets I have,” he again shared.

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However, the veteran made his debut way back in 2003 and became a regular member of the Test team after 2007. He passed Ian Botham’s record for most Test wickets (383) by an England player in 2015 and then surpassed Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 three years later as well. He also talked about his role in mentoring the players in the last few years and he also hopes to do that more as a coach in the future.

James Anderson
James Anderson

He said: “I am really excited about what I can contribute to this team for the rest of the summer and, who knows, maybe beyond that. Coaching is something I have thought about. I feel my role over the last few years has been to mentor the younger guys, help them settle and feel comfortable. I think I have a lot to offer in terms of my experiences in Test cricket.”

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“The likelihood is this week is my last game of first-class cricket this season, but we’ll have to see what happens. My emotions are a bit all over the place at the moment. I want to make that decision thinking clearly. If I feel like I can still contribute to Lancashire, then I’m sure that conversation will happen in the next few months,” James Anderson concluded.