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England legend James Anderson announces retirement from international cricket, this match to be his last

Published at :May 11, 2024 at 5:58 PM
Modified at :May 11, 2024 at 5:58 PM
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Utkarsh Rathour


James Anderson is the only pacer to take 700 wickets in test cricket.

England’s legendary fast bowler James Anderson has confirmed that he will bid adieu to test cricket during the upcoming home summer. The great left-arm seamer became the first pacer ever to take 700 wickets in the longest format. Anderson achieved this historic milestone during England’s tour of India earlier this year.

Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne (708) and Sri Lankan great off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (800) are ahead of English seamer Anderson in terms of taking most wickets in test cricket. In the upcoming English summer, the veteran seamer will look to go past Warne’s tally.

Anderson made his test debut at Lord’s in 2003. In a two-decade-long test career, the English seamer has taken 700 wickets in 187 matches till now. It’s the most by any pace bowler in the longest format.

It’s been an incredible 20 years representing England: James Anderson shares an emotional note

The 41-year-old Anderson shared an emotional post on his Instagram handle on May 11 about his retirement. The legendary pacer will end his glorious career during the first test match against the West Indies in Lord’s. The match will be played from July 10–14.

“Hi everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test,” Anderson wrote

“It’s been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’m going to miss walking out for England so much. But I know the time is right to step aside and let others realise their dreams just like I got to, because there is no greater feeling,” he added.

The English seamer further thanked his wife and his parents for supporting him throughout his illustrious career. Anderson also thanked his players and coaches, who have made him the best in the world.

“I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of Daniella, Lola, Ruby and my parents. A huge thank you to them. Also, thank you to the players and coaches who have made this the best job in the world,” James Anderson wrote.

“I’m excited for the new challenges that lie ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it’s always meant a lot, even if my face often doesn’t show it. See you at the Test, go well.” Anderson concluded.

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