Legend James Anderson, England cricket team’s all-time leading wicket-taker with 690 Test victims, claims he “has a lot more to give”. The star pacer, who will turn 41 on Sunday, believes that ‘age factor’ won’t push him into retirement. Anderson struggled to take wickets throughout England vs Australia Ashes 2023 Test series. So far, the veteran fast-bowler has managed to bag just five wickets in four matches with one more innings left in the fifth and final Test at The Oval to add to his tally.
“As soon as you get into your 30s as a bowler, people are asking how long you’ve got left,” Anderson told the BBC’s Test Match Special after the second day’s play on Friday.
“But in the past three or four years, I’ve bowled as well as I ever have. I feel like I’ve been in so much control, my body has been in a good place, my skills are as good as they ever have been.
“In terms of retirement, I’ve got no interest in going any time soon. I feel like I’ve got a lot more to give.”
The five-match ENG vs AUS Ashes 2023 Test series was leveled at 1-1 when England defeated Australia in Headingley which brought the hosts back to 2-1. However, Anderson wasn’t part of England’s playing XI in that match and it extended a run that has seen the veteran English pace-bowler not play in a Test win against Australia since 2015.
Anderson bagged the prized scalp of Aussie star Mitchell Marsh on Friday as Australia were bowled out for 295, a lead of just 12 runs on first innings.
“I don’t feel like I’m bowling badly or losing pace or that I’m on the way out,” said Anderson. “I still feel I can offer a lot to this team.”