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“In my head I feel like I could play for 10 years” – James Anderson
By SMCS - May 22, 2024 7:00 pm
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Veteran England pace bowler James Anderson admits that he still visualise of playing cricket for another decade. However, he is all set to play his final Test in the upcoming home series against West Indies, after deciding with the England Test team management recently. While Anderson was almost eyeing the iconic 200 Test landmark, he will only play one more contest before he retiring from international cricket.

James Anderson
James Anderson

“In my head I feel like I could play for 10 years. Obviously I realise that is not realistic. Some days I wake up and wish I was not retiring. Ninety per cent of the time I’m happy with it. Not many people in sport get the chance to retire over the age of 40. I’m happy I’ve made it this far,” Anderson said on the Tailenders podcast.

However, he played four out of five Tests against India earlier this year, picking up 10 wickets at an average of 33.50. He also reached the iconic 700-wicket landmark as well during the series. And, he will end his decorated career as the leading wicket-taker among pacers by some margin as well.

James Anderson

“There’s been two or three moments on the field, if the opposition are 500-3, I’ll be thinking, ‘do I really want to still be doing this? They are fleeting thoughts – nothing that has stuck with me for more than an over. I don’t know how much of that was me, and how much it was the external noise that comes with aging. For the last six years, or even longer, it’s been, ‘how long can you go on for? That in itself, certainly for the last couple of years, has been quite draining,” James Anderson concluded.