Retirement not on mind now: James

Becoming the leading wicket-taker among pacers on Tuesday at The Oval, James Anderson made it clear that retirement is not on his mind now.

By Our Bureau in Calcutta
  • Published 13.09.18
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Calcutta: Becoming the leading wicket-taker among pacers on Tuesday at The Oval, James Anderson made it clear that retirement is not on his mind now.

Anderson went past Glenn McGrath's tally by claiming the final scalp in England's final Test victory over India to move on to 564 wickets. With tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies scheduled later, followed by a Test against Ireland and then the Ashes next summer at home, the 36-year-old said he will continue to put in the hard yards.

"I don't really think about it. I play my best when I focus on what's ahead of me; the next game, the next series... Whatever it is," Anderson was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

Anderson, in the meantime, has been made available to play for Lancashire Lightning in Saturday's Vitality Blast T20 Finals Day. But whether he, along with Stuart Broad, would be available for their respective Counties in the last-round Championship matches depends on the duo's fitness and results of next week's games, said an ECB release.

"I'll go away now as we've got a decent break before Sri Lanka, and try to get myself in as decent a condition as possible to cope with the rigours of bowling seam in Sri Lanka, which can be tough.

"Then we'll just see how it goes. I read something that Glenn McGrath had said - he went into the 2006 Ashes with no intention of retiring and then by the end of it, he thought his time was up.

"That could happen to me too, who knows? But I really don't like looking too far ahead. I don't think it helps certainly me or the team... So, retirement is not on my mind now," he said.

Anderson is now placed fourth in the list of all-time wicket-takers, behind Muttiah Muralidharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble. Only Alastair Cook, who retired at The Oval after 161 matches, has more Test caps than Anderson's total of 143.

Yet the pacer remains determined to resist suggestions of taking off from either of the coming tours. "The stage I'm at, I don't play one-day cricket, so I think I have enough time in between Test series to be able to prepare myself well and get myself in good physical shape," he said.