England pace bowler James Anderson has made it clear that he is not thinking to take retirement anytime soon but at the same time admitted that his body could give up at any stage.
Anderson has become the most prolific seam bowler of all time after breaking Glenn McGrath’s record Test wicket tally by claiming the final wicket in England’s fifth Test victory over India on Tuesday to move onto 564 career Test wickets.
“I don’t really think about it (retirement). I play my best when I focus on what’s ahead of me, the next game, the next series, whatever. I go away now, we have a decent break before Sri Lanka, I’ll try to get myself in the best condition possible to cope with the rigours of bowling seam in Sri Lanka, which could be tough. Then we’ll see how it goes,” Anderson said.
After saying these lines, he said something that might have given an indication that his body might not be as tuned as it used to be.
“I read something that Glenn McGrath said that he went into the 2006 Ashes with no intention of retiring and by the end of the tour he thought his time is up. That could happen to me. Who knows? I don’t like looking too far ahead. I don’t think it helps me or the team either, when we look too far ahead, whether it is in a session or a day or a game,” he added.
There have been reports that the England’s talismanic pacer might be getting a rest before the Sri Lanka series, however, the 36-year-old has said that he wants to play as much as possible.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar