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James Anderson’s Farewell Test Begins With Emotional Bell Ringing By Family
By CricShots - Jul 10, 2024 5:23 pm
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As the cricketing world prepares to bid farewell to one of its greatest fast bowlers, James Anderson is set to play his final Test match for England against the West Indies at Lord’s on Wednesday, July 10. The opening day of the first Test against the West Indies at Lord’s was marked by a poignant moment as Anderson’s family rang the ceremonial bell, signalling the start of play.

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James Anderson is playing the last Test of his career

The bell, located outside the Bowlers’ Bar of the Lord’s Pavilion, has become a cherished tradition in Test cricket, and this instance was especially significant, honouring Anderson’s illustrious career. James Anderson’s retirement marks the end of an era in English cricket. Since making his international debut in 2002, he has been a witness to and a participant in the sport’s evolution, from the dominance of Test cricket to the rise of T20 leagues.

 

As he prepares for his 188th Test, Anderson boasts an astounding 700 Test wickets. He needs just 13 more to become the first fast bowler and the third cricketer overall to reach 1000 international wickets. Achieving nine wickets in his farewell Test would see him surpass Shane Warne’s tally of 708, securing his place as the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history.

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The day began with James Anderson leading the England team out onto the field one last time. The hosts won the toss and elected to field first, providing Anderson an immediate opportunity to add to his wicket tally.

 

The match also saw wicketkeeper-batter Jamie Smith and bowler Gus Atkinson receiving their Test caps, marking a new chapter for the England team. At the toss, England captain Ben Stokes paid tribute to Anderson’s professionalism and passion.

“What we can expect from Jimmy is complete heart, desire, and passion to go out there and win games for England. Jimmy is the ultimate professional,” Ben Stokes said.

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As Anderson steps onto the field for his final Test, fans and teammates alike will celebrate the remarkable career of a bowler who has left an indelible mark on the game. His legacy, built on skill, perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of excellence, will inspire future generations of cricketers.