'The Ashes felt like a stretch' – James Anderson reveals retirement decision details

James Anderson has revealed details about his Test retirement, explaining how the next Ashes series seemed like a very distant destination for the veteran seamer.

Anderson confirms his retirement from Test cricket will take place after England's first Test of the summer at Lord's In July this year. confirmation came A day later news came that this would happen,

The only fast bowler to take 700 Test wickets, Anderson will retire from the game after a 21-year-long career that began with a five-wicket haul against Zimbabwe in 2003. The 41-year-old fast bowler revealed that discussions about his future had been going on for several years, with the last conversation with England men's Test team head coach Brendon McCullum taking place a few weeks ago in April.

speaking on bbc tailenders podcast Today (May 11), Anderson said: “Baz (McCullum) came over from New Zealand, we had assessments – you have assessments every six months – my future is something that's been talked about.

“I think we've been talking about it for ten years because every coach I've had has said, 'How long are you going to play?'” It was kind of like, just looking ahead, what. 43. Maybe at the age of one, I will win the Ashes in 18 months? We came to the decision that, probably not.

“From my point of view it seems like a stretch at this stage of my career. From his point of view, I think there are 15 Test matches before the Ashes, so it gives him time to give other guys Test matches and gain experience before the Ashes series. So we came to the decision that I will play one more Test match.

“That was in April (when McCullum came in) so it's been a few weeks… so I'm keeping it quite close to my chest, making sure it comes out at the right time. That was taken away from me yesterday… I feel good about it. I'm excited about what the future may hold.”

Anderson said that although he has not yet decided what his immediate future will be after retirement, he is in talks to remain with the England team in some capacity.

“Whether he potentially remains with the team in a different capacity this summer, that would potentially be good,” Anderson said. “We have talked about it, but talks are ongoing. I will keep talking to Stokesy, Baz and Rob Key about what happens after that Test match.

Similarly, Anderson said that he had not yet decided about his first-class future with Lancashire: “I haven't even told the people at Lancashire,” Anderson said. “There are games at the end of the season that I'm not ruling out at the moment. But again that's a conversation I need to have with Lancashire and what they want to do.

“It's part of the thought process, I'm not 100 percent decided what I'm going to do next. There will be further discussions with Lancashire and what they want to do, see if I really have the drive and desire to do that. That will happen later this year.”

There are reports of Anderson's retirement and McCullum's departure from New Zealand. Conversation with him broke down yesterday (May 10) Guardian,

“Obviously things came up yesterday that were not intended,” Anderson said. “So I spent the whole day talking to family and friends, letting them know before they tried any other way.

“Obviously I wanted to tell people close to me first, it would have been nice to do it face to face, but it's done now and people know. I feel relieved that I don't have to keep it a secret.

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