Mid-day – James Anderson.
- Pic/AFPEngland pace spearhead James Anderson believes he can continue playing international cricket until he is in his 40s and ruled out any possibilities of retiring after the upcoming Ashes later this year.
- Anderson, 35, is three wickets shy of taking 500 Test wickets and the feat will make him only the third pacer after Australia’s Glenn McGrath (563) and West Indies’ Courtney Walsh (519), and sixth player overall, to reach the mark.
- Anderson said there’s “no reason” he couldn’t play on to 40 or beyond, refusing to rule out playing in the 2021-22 Ashes in Australia, by which point he would be 39.
- I’m very fortunate to have the body I have,” Anderson said in an article on the Cricket Australia website.
- England face a must-win third and final Test at Lord’s next week to secure a series win after the West Indies’s pulled off a shocking win at Headingley, which Anderson feels will be a great test before the Ashes in November.