James Anderson
James Anderson. (Photograph by Gareth Copley – ECB/ECB by way of Getty Photographs)

England’s long-serving cricketer and talismanic quick bowler, James Anderson, is ready to play his first Take a look at after turning 40. England will tackle South Africa at Lord’s on August 17, Wednesday. This can be Anderson’s 173rd Take a look at; he additionally stands second on the record of most appearances made within the format after Sachin Tendulkar (200).

Anderson reckons that after his teammate Stuart Broad, who’s 36, no different cricketer would need to play Take a look at cricket for an extended interval. He feels that the game as we speak is extra about franchise cricket. Talking about his lengthy profession, he mentioned that he’s proud and lucky to be the place he’s in the mean time.

“Positively not after that as a result of nobody can be silly sufficient,” Anderson instructed ESPNcricinfo, about having lengthy careers in Take a look at cricket. “Every little thing that has gone on the earth with franchise cricket, the Hundred, quick types of the sport, I can’t see anybody desirous to play Take a look at cricket for this lengthy.”

I’ve nonetheless bought the love for the sport and the will to get higher: Anderson

“I really feel proud to have gotten to the place I’ve. I really feel lucky as properly that I’ve nonetheless bought the love for the sport and the will to get higher and nonetheless do the coaching and the nets and no matter else that comes with it,” mentioned the England pacer.

“As a result of with lots of people that’s the very first thing that goes, and that’s if you begin slowing down and winding down. However for me, I really feel like that keenness remains to be there. So I really feel lucky for that. I really feel lucky that my physique’s nonetheless functioning correctly and permitting me to do the job that I really like,” added the 40-year-old.

Anderson additionally expressed his disappointment with the Kiwi pacer Trent Boult requesting the New Zealand Cricket Board to be launched from the central contract to be accessible for T20 Leagues around the globe. He nonetheless insisted that it was not the tip of Boult’s worldwide profession though it “considerably” reduces his availability for the nationwide group.