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England seamer James Anderson has made it clear that he doesn’t want to be rested for the national team’s winter tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
Anderson made history in the recently concluded five-Test series against India as he overtook legendary Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath to become the most successful fast bowler in Test history.
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Anderson took 24 wickets in the series at an average of 18.12, but even though the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are planning to call up young replacements for him and Stuart Broad, the 36-year-old insisted that he wants to keep playing.
Broad, however, will be out of action for a month after suffering a broken rib while batting during the fifth Test against India at The Oval.
With the Test series against Sri Lanka beginning on November 6, Anderson feels he will have plenty of time to recover from the gruelling five-Test series against India.
“Myself and Stuart don’t play white-ball cricket so we have that time to be able to get ourselves in the right frame of mind and the right physical condition to cope with what’s ahead of us,” Anderson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I think I have enough time in between Test series to prepare myself well and get myself in good physical shape.
“We came into this five Test series in six weeks with question marks: will the bowlers get through? Will we need resting or will we get injuries? And we’ve done it. We pride ourselves on working hard.”
Anderson also refused to say when he plans to retire, even though he has been playing Test cricket for more than 15 years.
“I don’t really think about it,” he said. “I play my best when I focus on what’s ahead of me: the next game, the next series, whatever. I’ll go away now – we have a decent break before Sri Lanka – and 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.
“I read something that Glenn McGrath said that he went into the 2006 Ashes with no intention of retiring and by the end of it he thought his time was 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’s in a session or a day or a game. If you look too far ahead, you take your eye off the here and now and that’s what I like to focus on.”