Senior England pacer, James Anderson has shut off talks of retirement from Test cricket anytime soon.
Meanwhile, he has taken 5 wickets in the ongoing Ashes series between England and Australia, and that has raised some questions about his form.
However, Anderson has admitted that he did have some lean patches during this series but that doesn’t deter him in the least.
You pray that these lean patches don’t come in one of the biggest series you could play in but unfortunately for me that is the case. I’ve still got another innings to try to do something for the team.
Moreover, he also believes that he has shown his skills during Day 2 of the fifth Test of the series wherein he got only one wicket, but it was the important one of Mitchell Marsh.
Talking about the game, England bundled out Australia for 295 runs, while the visitors gained an important 12-run lead.
Additionally, the series is still at 2-1, with the fourth Test at Manchester going to rain which drew the game between the two sides.
Adding further, Anderson says,
I felt like today I bowled really well and on another day I could have got a couple more wickets. It felt like I challenged the forward defence a lot, which is what I’ve tried to do throughout my career.
Anderson feels that he can contribute a lot more to the team
Furthermore, Anderson has stated that whenever a bowler reaches his 30s, questions arise for him as to how much longer will he continue to play.
He has also added that he has been very careful regarding his body for four years and has quashed all retirement talks as of now.
Additionally, he also feels that he still has a lot more to give to his team.
As soon as you get into your 30s as a bowler, people are asking how long you’ve got left. 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.
Concluding, he says,
The numbers, the wickets, the selection side of it is completely different issue. If Stokesy and Baz say ‘you’ve not got the wickets we would have liked’ then I’d be absolutely fine with that. 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.
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