Grabbing Azhar Ali on the final day of the last test played at Southampton, James Anderson has become the only paceman to name 600 test wickets. The fast-bowler is looking forward to turning the figure of 600 to 700 for leaving an exceptional record and milestone behind.
The speedster added that he had a conversation with the skipper Root and consequently, the skipper has asked Anderson to continue at least till Ashes next season against Australia.
James Anderson looking forward to turning 600 test wickets into a bliss margin of 700
Anderson stated, “I’ve chatted to Joe [Root] about this a little bit, and he has said he would like me to be in Australia, I don’t see any reason why I can’t be. I’m working hard on my fitness all the time. I’m working hard on my game.
“I didn’t bowl as well as I’d have liked for the whole summer. But in this Test, I was really on it, and I feel like I’ve still got stuff to offer this team. As long as I still feel like that I think I’ll keep going. I don’t think I’ve won my last Test matches as an England cricketer yet.”
“Can I reach 700? Why not?”
With the ICC Test Championship still going on, the bowler said there are series ahead too and desired to play without giving up after reaching the only milestone by a pacer.
“We’re still in the Test championship,” there are still series ahead of us and Test matches to win. That’s all I’m really interested in.
“There will be decisions along the way with the selectors and coach and captain around how the team moves forward, but as long as they want me around I’ll keep working hard and try to prove I’m good enough to play in this team,” he added.
Being the only paceman, he is also the fourth bowler to achieve the milestone as three spinners, Muralitharan, Anil Kumble, and Shane Warne have already touched the feat in their respective tenures.