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James Anderson to retire after England home summer – Reports

Published at :May 10, 2024 at 10:48 PM
Modified at :May 10, 2024 at 10:48 PM
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James Anderson has most test wickets by a pacer – 700.

If reports are to be believed, then legendary England pacer James Anderson will bring an end to his illustrious career after the home summer.

According to the Guardian, England head coach Brendon McCullum held face-to-face discussions with the veteran seamer to inform Anderson that England was “looking to the future.”

Anderson, who turns 42 in July, became the first fast bowler and only the third player to reach 700 test wickets in March, following England’s 4-1 defeat to India. In addition to a slew of bowling records, he has 187 test appearances for England, the most of any England player.

James Anderson started his England international career in 2002 in an ODI against Australia in Melbourne. He made his test debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe at Lord’s and his T20I debut came in 2007 against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Notably, James Anderson was part of the England squad that won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2010 in West Indies under the captaincy of Paul Collingwood.

He last played a T20I in 2009 and his final ODI came in the 2015 World Cup. But Anderson has continued in test cricket and forged an amazing new ball partnership with Stuart Broad. Broad retired from cricket after last year’s Ashes with 604 test wickets in 167 matches to his name.

James Anderson set to retire from cricket after the test series against West Indies and Sri Lanka this summer at home

The Guardian reported that James Anderson had a heart-to-heart talk about his future with England test coach Brendon McCullum. The England coach broke the news to Anderson, reportedly, over a round of golf.

Following last summer’s drawn Ashes series, England are planning a tour of Australia in 2025-26, when Anderson will be 43. As a result, Anderson will retire following England’s next test series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka this summer.

That would leave Anderson with a maximum of six tests left in his career. One of those – the first test of the series against Sri Lanka – would be at his home ground of Emirates Old Trafford with the final test of the summer at the Kia Oval.

Matt Potts, Josh Tongue, Brydon Carse, and Gus Atkinson will be in the mix after signing two-year central contracts in October, while Matthew Fisher, John Turner, and Saqib Mahmood have development contracts.

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