James Anderson to retire after Lord's Test against West Indies


He will end his great career on the ground where it all began for him 21 years ago

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James Anderson has announced he will retire from international cricket after England's first Test of the summer at Lord's against the West Indies, bringing an end to a legendary career where it all began 21 years ago.

Anderson, who turns 42 in July, made his Test debut against Zimbabwe at Lord's in 2003. He has taken 700 wickets – the most by any fast bowler in Test history. His final tally of 188 caps would be the second highest in Test history, with only Sachin Tendulkar ahead of him with 200.

In a personal statement released on Instagram, Anderson confirmed that he would represent England for the last time, although would later speak to the BBC tailenders Podcast, he did not rule out the possibility of furthering his playing career with Lancashire.

“Hello everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord's will be my last Test,” Anderson wrote on Instagram.

“It's been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I've loved since I was a kid. I'll miss playing for England a lot. But I know it's important to step aside and give others a chance.” This is the right time.” Make their dreams come true just like I did, because there's no greater feeling than that.”

“I couldn't have done it without the love and support of Daniela, Lola, Ruby and my parents. Thank you so much 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 ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it always means a lot, even if it often doesn't show on my face.

“See you in the test,

“Go well

“Jimmy X”

Anderson has previously expressed ambitions to play in England's six Tests against the West Indies and Sri Lanka this summer and has even ruled out playing for the 2025-26 Ashes, at which time he will be 43. However, following face-to-face talks, a meeting on the golf course with Test head coach Brendon McCullum in April, and further talks with managing director Rob Key, Anderson was told that the team would not be able to call him for the tour of Australia that summer. Need to look ahead.

News of that meeting, initially reported Guardian On Friday, confirmation was finally received from Anderson 24 hours later. She was due to be part of the BBC's live coverage of England Women's first match of the summer, against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Saturday, but later withdrew her name.

talking to tailendersAnderson confirmed that his discussion with McCullum took place as part of his annual assessment, at the six-month mark of his one-year contract.

“I feel like I've talked to every coach I've had for ten years about this and asked, 'How long are you going to play,'” Anderson said. “Looking ahead, can a 43-year-old win the Ashes in 18 months? I kind of came to a 'probably not' decision. From my point of view it feels like a stretch at this point in my career, and from their point of view the Ashes There are about 15 Tests before the Ashes so it gives him time to get other people's Tests and experience before the Ashes series.

“I feel good about it, I've had an amazing career. Talk about retirement has been swirling for years, ever since I turned 30 and even bigger since I turned 40. I feel really lucky that I managed to get to this level, still playing at this high level.”

Anderson reached the 700 Test wicket mark in the fifth and final Test of England's tour of India earlier this year. Although he has long been the lynchpin of the English attack, he bowled only 110 overs in seven innings in that series after a difficult Ashes campaign last summer in which he took just five wickets at an average of 85.40 across four Tests. Anderson is currently on a one-year central contract which expires at the end of the summer.

However, regarding his county career, Anderson admitted that he was “not 100% ready” to retire, and could still be involved in the latter half of Lancashire's Championship campaign.

“There are games at the end of the season that I'm not ruling out at the moment,” he said. “That's a conversation I have to have with Lancashire and see what they want to do.

“It's part of the thought process. I'm not 100% decided about what I'm going to do next. It'll be further conversations with Lancashire and see what they want to do, see if I've actually done that.” I also felt the desire and desire to do it, it will happen at the end of the year.”

In a statement released by the ECB alongside Anderson, Chairman Richard Thompson said:

“I don't think we'll ever see a bowler quite equal to Jimmy again. As an England fan it's an honor to watch him and be amazed at his skill with the ball.

“To still be bowling at the top of his game at the age of 41 is remarkable, and he is a true inspiration and role model for peers and the younger generation.

“Their final Test promises to be emotional, and after going there for their first Test in 2003, it will be an honor to watch their final Test at Lord's in July.

“Jimmy Anderson has been given a farewell like no other in English cricket.”

Vithushan Ehantharajah is associate editor at ESPNcricinfo

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