James Anderson quashes retirement discuss as he eyes return to type

Bengaluru, August 10

England’s most profitable bowler James Anderson says he’s not pondering his Test retirement however conceded the choice to step away could possibly be taken out of his palms if he continues to underwhelm.

The 38-year-old has endured a irritating summer season, managing simply six wickets in his final three Tests, fuelling hypothesis that his 17-year Test profession could possibly be drawing to a detailed.

Anderson struggled for rhythm in England’s three-wicket win over Pakistan within the first Test at Manchester however the Lancashire pacer confirmed that whereas he was disenchanted together with his effort, the considered hanging up his boots had by no means crossed his thoughts.

“There’s no truth to that. It’s been a frustrating week personally, I felt out of rhythm and probably for the first time in 10 years I got emotional on the field and let that get to me,” Anderson informed reporters on Monday.

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“I think after one bad game, there are some whispers that go around but I don’t really think that’s fair. I’ve just got to work hard and hope I get the nod for the next game.”

Anderson, who has picked up 590 Test wickets, mentioned earlier this yr that he was hungry to maintain enjoying for England and on Monday he reiterated his need to hold on till subsequent yr’s Ashes collection in Australia.

“I want to play as long as I possibly can. If I keep bowling the way I did this week, the opportunity to retire will be taken out of my hands. It will be a selection issue. But, for me, I’m still hungry,” he mentioned.

Anderson is on the point of changing into the primary pacer to choose up 600 Test wickets however he admitted his focus was not on private milestones.

“It’s not a huge incentive for me really. I want to be bowling well and contribute to winning,” he mentioned. “If I get 600 wickets then great, if I don’t, I’m happy with what I’ve got.”

The second Test will start on Thursday on the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Reuters

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