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James Anderson, At 41, Shows No Interest In Retiring, Vows To Give More

He confidently stated, "In the past three or four years, I've bowled as well as I ever have. I feel like I've been in control, my body has been in a good place, and my skills are at their peak."

James Anderson, At 41, Shows No Interest In Retiring, Vows To Give More
James Anderson, At 41, Shows No Interest In Retiring, Vows To Give More

As England’s fast bowler James Anderson celebrates turning 41 on Sunday, age is not deterring him from the cricket pitch as he firmly states his commitment to the game, asserting that he “has a lot more to give.”

As England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Test matches with an impressive 690 victims, Anderson is currently experiencing a rare lean patch during the ongoing Ashes series against Australia.

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With just five wickets to his name in the four matches played so far, he has one more innings left in the fifth Test at The Oval to bolster his tally.

Acknowledging the common inquiry faced by bowlers in their 30s about their retirement plans, Anderson addressed this in an interview with the BBC’s Test Match Special after the second day’s play on Friday.

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He confidently stated, “In the past three or four years, I’ve bowled as well as I ever have. I feel like I’ve been in control, my body has been in a good place, and my skills are at their peak. As for retirement, I’ve got no interest in leaving the game any time soon. I genuinely believe I have a lot more to contribute.”

During the recent match, Anderson showcased his prowess by dismissing Mitchell Marsh as Australia was bowled out for 295, merely 12 runs ahead in the first innings.

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However, due to his absence in England’s victorious match at Headingley that brought the series back to 2-1, he has not experienced a Test win against Australia since 2015.

Addressing concerns about his form and abilities, Anderson firmly asserted, “I don’t feel like I’m bowling badly or losing pace or that I’m on the way out. I still feel I can offer a lot to this team.

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