England legend James Anderson announces retirement from Test cricket | UK News

Iconic English cricketer James Anderson has declared his retirement from Test cricket following the conclusion of the forthcoming Test against the West Indies in July.

Anderson, affectionately known as ‘Jimmy’, stands as England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Test matches, boasting a tally of 700 wickets—a milestone reached by just two other cricketers worldwide, setting him apart as the only pacer to achieve this feat.

“Twenty years of donning the England crest and playing the sport I’ve cherished from childhood has been nothing short of magnificent,” he shared via Instagram.

James Anderson at a practice session in Lord’s in 2023. Credit: PA

“Leaving the pitch for England will be difficult, but the time has come for new talent to chase their aspirations, something I had the privilege of experiencing,” he expressed.

At 41, Anderson expressed gratitude to his supporters through the years.

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James Anderson in action against Pakistan in 2020. Image courtesy: PA

“The pride never waned, despite my often stoic expressions,” he continued.

Anderson claimed his 700th wicket in his latest match facing India in Dharamsala this March.

His decision to conclude his illustrious Test career comes after discussions with head coach Brendon McCullum, whose strategy involves rejuvenating the seam bowling lineup as his eyes are set on the Ashes series in 2025-26.

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Archive image of James Anderson in a Test match against South Africa in 2020. Source: AP

Anderson, a Lancashire native, has played in an unprecedented 187 Test matches since debuting in 2003.

With nearly 40,000 deliveries bowled in his Test career, his contribution as a fast bowler is remarkable. Yet, recent performance saw a dip, with just 15 wickets from eight matches over the past year. Anderson needs another nine wickets to surpass Australian Shane Warne’s 708 and become the second-highest Test wicket-taker, trailing only Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800 wickets.

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James Anderson alongside Stuart Broad in 2021. Photo by: PA

Renowned as one of the greatest swing bowlers ever, Anderson’s cricketing journey includes being a part of England’s victorious 2010 T-20 World Cup squad and the runner-up team at the 2013 Champions Trophy.

In his international career across all formats, he has claimed 987 wickets from 400 appearances, including 269 in One Day Internationals, holding the English record in this discipline. His ODI tenure spanned 194 matches, coupled with 19 T20 appearances before concluding in 2015.

That transformative year, Anderson eclipsed Sir Ian Botham’s 383 wickets to become England’s leading Test wicket-taker, and by 2018, he surpassed Australia’s Glenn McGrath’s haul of 563 to become the most successful fast bowler in history.

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After his long-term partner Stuart Broad retired the previous summer, Anderson continued, participating in four out of five Tests during England’s series in India earlier this year.

In 2011, he received the Freedom of the Borough of Burnley, his birthplace. He was honored with an OBE for his contributions to cricket in the Queen’s Birthday Honours four years later.

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