England’s legendary fast bowler, James Anderson, who holds the record for being the all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket with 690 victims, is currently facing a rare lean patch in the ongoing Ashes series against Australia. Anderson’s performance has been under scrutiny with only five wickets in the four matches played so far. However, the 30s-aged bowler remains resolute and is determined to continue contributing to the team, emphasizing that he still has much more to give.
Despite his recent lean spell, Anderson expressed confidence in his abilities, stating he feels as in control of his bowling as ever. Over the past few years, he believes he has bowled exceptionally well and maintained his skills at a high level. The experienced bowler emphasized that his body is in good shape and retirement is not on his mind anytime soon. He is eager to continue performing at his best for England.
“As soon as you get into your 30s as a bowler, people ask how long you’ve got left. But in the past three or four years, I’ve bowled as well as ever. I feel like I’ve been in so much control, my body has been in a good place, and my skills are as good as they ever have been.” Anderson told the BBC’s Test Match Special after Friday’s second day’s play.
Speaking about retirement speculations, Anderson pointed out that as a bowler in his 30s, people often question how much longer he will play. However, he remains committed to the team and has no plans to step back from the game. Anderson believes he still has much to offer and feels he can significantly contribute to the England cricket team.
“Regarding retirement, I’ve got no interest in going any time soon. I feel like I’ve got a lot more to give. I don’t feel like I’m bowling badly, losing pace, or on the way out. I still feel I can offer a lot to this team.” Said Anderson.
Anderson’s performances in the ongoing Ashes series against Australia,have not been as prolific as he would have liked. He missed the Test match at Headingley, which marked a crucial win for England, bringing the series score to 2-1. His last Test win against Australia was back in 2015, and he is eager to be part of a winning effort against the arch-rivals.