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James Anderson Claims He Is Fit Enough to Play Until Ashes 2021

AFP |September 2, 2017, 6:11 PM IST
James Anderson Claims He Is Fit Enough to Play Until Ashes 2021

London: England bowling great James Anderson believes if he retains his form he could still be on the plane to Australia as he approaches his 40th birthday for the 2021/22 Ashes series.

The 35-year-old -- who will be spearheading England's attack in the Ashes challenge Down Under later this year -- is three away from reaching the 500 wicket landmark.

It was expected Anderson would enter next week's third and final Test with the West Indies with that figure already breached but even he was powerless to prevent a sublime West Indies batting performance levelling the series at 1-1 last week at Headingley.

Anderson, England's all-time leading wicket taker, says being able to focus on the longer versions of the game, county cricket and Test matches has probably improved his chances of extending his international career.

"I wouldn't rule it out, no," said the Lancashire quickie.

"I'm very fortunate to have the body I have. For a fast bowler, not much stress goes through my body. A lot less than a lot of other fast bowlers.

"It's just a case of looking after myself. If I can keep fit, keep my speeds up, there's no reason why not.

"I don't know whether I've peaked but I think I'm bowling as well as I have.

"I played here (at Lancashire) when Glen Chapple was 40 or 41 and he was as good as he ever was then.

"I know it's slightly different in county cricket but for me, just playing Test cricket, not one-day cricket, there's no reason why I can't extend my career a little bit."

Anderson, who has taken 30 wickets in six Tests this summer coming at an average of 15.9 and a strike-rate of one wicket every 40 balls, said even if the forthcoming Ashes tour went badly he would not quit prematurely.

Spinner Graeme Swann did just that announcing his retirement in the aftermath of Australia taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five Test series on the 2013/14 tour Down Under -- they went on to suffer a 5-0 whitewash.

"If we are 3-0 down I am not going to do a Swanny and just do one!" said Anderson.

"I am not going there and thinking 'right if we don't win this I am done'. We are going there because we want to try to win the Ashes.

"That's as much as I am thinking about it. I think about how I am going to play. How I am going to try to help the team win."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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