James Anderson began his Test career at Lord’s some fourteen summers ago against Zimbabwe. Then, as a precocious young talent, he took five wickets in the first innings and he is now back this week at the famous ground, older, wiser and a different bowler, just three shy of the 500 Test wickets.
“I didn’t think I would play this much for England or get this many wickets. It is very surreal to think that I have achieved what I have achieved and I am thrilled that I have been able to play for so long and have the success I have had.”
Both Anderson and Broad have spoken this summer of wanting to carry on their international careers. At 35, Anderson will be the first of the two to retire but wants to play in the 2019 Ashes series and another Test at his home ground of Old Trafford. He will have to do so with a new bowling coach at his side following Ottis Gibson’s departure at the end of this match.
Gibson will become South Africa’s new head coach later this month and Anderson believes the next appointment is “an important one for the next generation”. “Me and Stuart could probably finish off our careers without a bowling coach in the side,” he said. “It is very important for the guys coming through and it is important it is someone who can prepare them for playing Test cricket.”VIa