Cricketer James Anderson says that he has no ideas to cling up his boots nonetheless after overtaking Glenn McGrath to turn into the most profilic fast bowler in Test history as the Australian challenged the Englishman to reach 600 wickets.
Anderson went past McGrath’s tally of 563 wickets when he knocked out Mohammed Shami’s middle stump as bowled out India for 345 to seal a 4-1 series victory.
The Lancashire swing bowler, with 564 scalps , now trails just the spin of Sri Lanka’s Muralitharan (800 wickets), Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619) in the all time checklist.
36 year old downplayed his personal achievement, saying he was more focused on helping England win the final match of the series.
When I sit down at the end of my career when I finish, it will mean a hell of lot to me to be able to see what I have achieved, James Anderson said.
“But right now it’s hard when you put all your energy into the present and trying to perform well for England. That is all I really focus on.” Anderson is three years older than his great friend Alastaier Cook, who retired from Test Cricket after the match at the Oval but has not immediate plans to quit.
Anderson , who no longer plays one day cricket for England, said:”I don’t really think about it. I tink I play my best when I focus on What is ahead of me, the next game, next series, Whatever it is”
“I read something that Glen McGrath said”, he added “He went into the 2006 Ashes with no intention of retiring and then by the end of it he though his time was up. that could happen to me. Who Knows? I don’t like looking to far ahead”