England’s legendary pacer James Anderson, on Tuesday, was at his best when he grabbed his maiden five-wicket Test haul on the Australian soil on Day 4 of the Adelaide Ashes Test.
Since 2010, James Anderson, who is highest ever wicket-taker for England 800 wickets, has been a prolific bowler for his country, and now he has taken the total 47 wickets at an average of 15.82 in just 9 Tests for the calendar year of 2017.
With the help of his five-wicket haul, England wrecked the Australian side for 138 in their second innings, but the defending champions failed to replicate that performance in the final day of the second Ashes Test that led them to face 0-2 defeat in the ongoing Ashes series.
On being asked about his stellar form this year, the 35-year-old said that the more people tell him he’s nearing the end and that motivated him to prove the doubters wrong, as well as, hinted that he might continue playing until the 2019 Ashes series in England.
According to a report in cricket.com.au, James Anderson told reporters in Adelaide, “I just think everything has sort of clicked. I've felt in a good rhythm throughout the year, I feel like I'm bowling as well as I ever have, feel like my body is in as good a shape as it ever has been. People keep telling me I'm about to finish and retire so I want to show them I can keep going and I've still got wickets in me, like I've shown this week, and hopefully that can continue for the rest of the trip.”
With the next Ashes in 18 months' time, and the right-armer hoping to continue with the form as long as possible, but at the moment, he did not think about retirement, adding, “I don't really want to think about the future too much. I'm loving playing cricket; I'm loving playing with this group of blokes. As long as I'm bowling well and doing myself justice on the field I'm going to keep playing.”
Anderson concluded by saying, “I absolutely love this game. I've been very fortunate to play it for a long time and I'm not planning on stopping anytime soon. As I said, if I keep bowling well and keep myself in good shape, hopefully, I can carry on for a while.”