England’s record wicket-taker James Anderson insists he has no intention of walking away from Test cricket and wants to “show people I’ve still got what it takes”.
Anderson’s 590 wickets make him the most prolific pace bowler in the history of the game and, after 154 caps for his country, he has nothing left to prove.
But at the age of 38, mutterings about retirement are part of the territory and they increased after he laboured for figures of 1-97 in the first Test win over Pakistan.
He admitted he felt short of his best in the match but, rather than using that as a reason to stand down, he wants to get back on the the field when the series continues at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday and put things right.
Jimmy Anderson struggled for rhythm in Manchester, but he's got no plans to quit Test cricket any time soon and is confident of a strong bounce-back in Southampton 💪 #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/w8FsOyMZSC
— ICC (@ICC) August 10, 2020
Asked if there was any truth to speculation over his future, he said: “No, there’s not.
“Hopefully I can continue this week and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the captain and coach keep faith with me for the next game.
“The minute you start thinking about the whispers or things like that it can affect you.
“I’ve got to throw myself into a match situation. I hope I get the nod for the next game and hopefully I can show people I’ve still got what it takes to play Test cricket.”
Anderson has taken six wickets in three Tests in the northern hemisphere summer at a modest average of 41.17 and, while he made no excuses for a quiet showing last time out, he also hinted at frustration that his entire career was being so quickly questioned.
“I want to play as long as I possibly can, but 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,” he said.