Anderson determined to keep going

12 September 2021 22:30:03 GMTPlus11
Anderson showing no signs of stopping

England's swing king James Anderson believes he can continue to defy his advancing years and play Test cricket next summer.

The 39-year-old also expects to be part of England's squad for the winter Ashes tour of Australia. The hosts are 1.28 to win the series with England 6.00 and the draw 8.50.

Anderson has enjoyed a hugely successful Test career, taking 632 wickets to become both England's most successful bowler and the most successful seamer of any nation - only spin bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne have picked up more Test victims.

The Lancashire veteran began his Test career against Zimbabwe in 2003 and, almost two decades later, remains at the top of his game, claiming 15 scalps in the recent series with India.

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Anderson continues to lead England's red-ball attack and, in addition to a final Ashes tour, hopes to play against West Indies in the Caribbean in March before home series against New Zealand and South Africa next summer.

"If I can still compete with the best then I feel like I can still offer something at this level. Right now I don't see why I can't play another summer," Anderson told the Daily Telegraph.

"The number next to my name [39] is old in sporting terms but my workload since the 2015 World Cup, which was the last time I last played white ball cricket, has been manageable.

"The gaps between Test series are long enough to recuperate and prepare for the next one."

On his future schedule, Anderson adds: "Playing another summer obviously means playing this winter's Ashes. I have a tour to the West Indies in March as well that is in the plans."

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