James Anderson opens up on his retirement plans from Test cricket

James Anderson opens up on his retirement plans from international cricket and wants to leave on a good note. Well thought out plan by the England legend.

Sarah Andrew
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The India vs England series has given us some great performances by both the batters and the bowlers. Even though the likes of Tom Hartley, Ollie Pope and Zack Crawley have been some of the success stories for the visitors, it has been the pace bowling of Jasprit Bumrah and James Anderson that has been one of the highlights of the series. We all know how good Bumrah has been for the Indian side, but Anderson showed last game why he is still one of the best pacers for England in red-ball cricket.

James Anderson had bowled some decent spells in his last Test match against India in this series. Anderson took five wickets in the Test match on what was a slow and low pitch. The experience and wicket-taking ability of this star pacer was on full display in the 2nd Test at Visakhapatnam. Anderson has currently got 696 wickets in over 140 games in Test cricket. He has the most wickets in Test matches for a pacer and is the 3rd highest wicket-taker in international cricket behind the greats Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Anderson on retirement plans

Anderson is currently 41 years old, and this is normally the age when the fast bowlers have already called it time in international cricket. As usual, the talks of retirement are surrounding the legend as well. Anderson is still looking in good rhythm even during the crucial and gruelling moments in Test cricket. Anderson has opened up on his plans saying, “I would like to be able to go out on a nice note. I don’t want to drag it out.” With this statement, Anderson also hopes that he will know when he chooses to call it a day.

Anderson further stated, “I feel privileged to have got in a position where I can make a decision because, as a bowler, it is usually taken out of your hands with injury or selection. It will be nice to go out on my own terms, but when that will be, you just have to wait and see.” The England legendary pacer seems to have a well-thought-out plan to retire from the game and we can only wish him well for the future if he chooses to retire on his own conditions. Anderson will still go down as one of the greatest pacers England has ever produced especially in Test cricket.

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