England Legend James Anderson To Retire From International Cricket After 1st Test vs West Indies At Lord's

England Legend James Anderson To Retire From International Cricket After 1st Test vs West Indies At Lord's

James Anderson has confirmed that the first Test vs West Indies at Lord's will be his last for England in the white jersey.

Rohan SenUpdated: Saturday, May 11, 2024, 05:14 PM IST
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James Anderson | Credits: Twitter

England legend James Anderson is set for his final appearance in international cricket and the upcoming home season will be the last for the sport's most successful fast bowler.

Anderson has confirmed that the first Test vs West Indies at Lord's will be his last for England in the white jersey.

Having become the first pacer to take 700 wickets in Test Cricket during England’s tour of India earlier this year, Anderson could be targeting Australian spinner Shane Warne’s tally of 708 when he takes the field for one final run with the England team.

The first Test between England and West Indies will be played from July 10.

Jimmy's statement on retirement

"Hi everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test.

"It’s been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’m going to miss walking out for England so much. But I know the time is right to step aside and let others realise their dreams just like I got to, because there is no greater feeling.

"I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of Daniella, Lola, Ruby and my parents. A huge thank you to them. Also, thank you to the players and coaches who have made this the best job in the world.

"I’m excited for the new challenges that lie ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it’s always meant a lot, even if my face often doesn’t show it. See you at the Test, Go well," Anderson posted on Instagram

Anderson's legendary career

The 41-year-old has played 187 Tests for England since making his debut in 2003. The right-arm seamer has bagged 700 wickets in Tests, 269 in ODIs and 18 in T20Is for the Three Lions.

Anderson is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the sport. Throughout his illustrious career, he has consistently displayed exceptional skill and longevity, becoming the leading wicket taker among fast bowlers in international cricket with 987.

With 700 Test wickets to his name, Anderson's contribution to English cricket is unparalleled, cementing his status as a true legend of the game.

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