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England Pacer James Anderson Set To End International Career In Upcoming Test Summer

08:03 PM May 11, 2024 IST | NEWS Desk
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England Pacer James Anderson Set To End International Career In Upcoming Test Summer

London [UK]: England pace spearhead James Anderson is set to hang up his boots in the upcoming Test summer following a 22-year-long illustrious international career with England, announced the veteran on his social media.

Anderson, the 41-year-old ageless wonder who has won acclaim for his fitness and pace despite his age, took to Instagram to announce that the first Test of the summer against West Indies on July 10 will mark his final international appearance.

"Hi everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord's will be my last Test," said Anderson on Instagram.

Anderson said that it has been a remarkable 20 years to play for his country and he will miss stepping out for England. He made his international debut in 2002.

"It has been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I have loved since I was a kid. I am going to miss walking out for England so much. But I know the time is right to step aside and let others realise their dreams just like I got to, because there is no greater feeling," he added.

He also thanked his wife Daniella, his two daughters, Lola and Ruby and his parents for their support throughout his career and also extended his thanks to all the coaches and players he played during his 22-year career.

"I am excited for the new challenges that lie ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it has always meant a lot, even if my face often does not show it," he concluded.

This means building an all-new pace attack for the next Ashes series in Australia to be held in 2025-26, Anderson will be 43 years old by then. England will be playing a total of six Tests against West Indies and Sri Lanka, starting from July 10.

In recent times, under the leadership of Test skipper Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, Anderson had expressed his desire to play for long, saying that he was in the "best shape" of his career and was looking forward to the Test summer.

In 187 Tests, Anderson has taken 700 wickets at an average of 26.52, with the best bowling figures of 7/42. He has also taken 269 wickets in 194 ODIs for England and 18 wickets in 19 T20Is.

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