There is no more stopping for James Anderson as he has achieved the landmark of 600 Test Wickets on Tuesday & he sees no reason why he can’t enter the 700 club along with Sharne Warne & Muttiah Muralitharan even though he has hit 38 runs.
Anderson is the fourth highest wicket-taker in Tests & has reached 600 wicket milestone by dismissing Pakistan Captain Azhar Ali in the third Test match in Southampton on Tuesday. Indian spin great Anil Kumble has 619 wickets to his name behind Muralitharan (800) and Warne (708). Speaking about the drawn Test match, the bowling great has made his intentions clear about future.
“I’ve chatted to Joe about this a little bit and he has said he would like me to be in Australia (for the Ashes next year). I don’t see any reason why I can’t be. I’m working hard on my fitness all the time. I’m working hard on my game,” he was quoted as saying
“I didn’t bowl as well as I’d have liked for the whole summer. But in this Test I was really on it and I feel like I’ve still got stuff to offer this team. As long as I still feel like that I think I’ll keep going. I don’t think I’ve won my last Test matches as an England cricketer yet. Can I reach 700? Why not?” Anderson said.
Anderson further said, “We’re still in the Test championship. There are still series ahead of us and Test matches to win. That’s all I’m really interested in. I still love turning up every day at training, putting in the hard yards and being in the dressing room with the lads trying to forge a win for England.
“That’s all I’ve really ever bothered about and what I’ll keep trying to do. I’ll keep working hard in the gym and keeping myself available for selection.
“There will be decisions along the way with the selectors and coach and captain around how the team moves forward but as long as they want me around I’ll keep working hard and try to prove I’m good enough to play in this team”.
Talking about his journey in achieving 600 Test Wickets Anderson said, “I have worked really hard with my skills over the years and I am fortunate enough that I get to do it at the top level playing for my country.
“Looking back to that first Test (in 2003), I never thought I would get anywhere near 600 Test wickets. I just feel very fortunate and privileged that I have been able to do that for a long period of time“, James signed off.
All James Anderson’s fans are eagerly looking forward to witness him enter the 700 Test Wickets Club & achieve another landmark which he dearly wants to achieve.