In a media interaction on Monday morning, James Anderson revealed he has no intention of retiring from Test cricket at the end of this season and has expressed his desire to carry on until next winter’s Ashes series.
Anderson is averaging 41.16 with the ball in three matches this summer although he has arguably bowled better than those statistics suggest. Those returns have, however, prompted speculation that the 38 year-old’s powers are on the decline and he might consider retiring at the end of this summer.
Jimmy Anderson struggled for rhythm in Manchester, but he’s got no plans to quit Test cricket any time soon and is confident of a strong bounce-back in Southampton ? #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/w8FsOyMZSC
— ICC (@ICC) August 10, 2020
However, England’s leading wicket-taker confirmed on Monday that he has no intention of hanging up his boots. “No absolutely not,” he said. “I am still hungry to play the game. The frustration for me has been after one bad game, the whispers that go around. I don’t think that’s fair.”
In the interim, however, seamer Olli Robinson has been recalled to England’s bio-secure bubble ahead of the second Test in Southampton and looks like the likely candidate to replace Anderson.
Having said that, nothing is confirmed and the man himself is expected to reveal the details in the press conference later in the day. It will also be interesting to see if England rests/drops him if Anderson decides to hang his boots at the end of the ongoing series.