Anderson is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in Tests and reached the 600-wicket milestone by dismissing Pakistan captain Azhar Ali within the third Test right here on Tuesday. Indian spin nice Anil Kumble has 619 wickets to his identify behind Muralitharan (800) and Warne (708).
Speaking after the drawn sport, the 38-year-old made his intentions clear. “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 by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
“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 claimed his 29th five-wicket haul within the third Test and solely the nice Richard Hadlee has extra amongst seam bowlers. He stated his starvation to carry out has not not diminished and that’s what retains him going.
“We’re nonetheless within the Test championship. There are nonetheless sequence forward of us and Test matches to win. That’s all I’m actually excited about. I nonetheless love turning up each day at coaching, placing within the onerous yards and being within the dressing room with the lads making an attempt to forge a win for England.
“That’s all I’ve actually ever bothered about and what I’ll hold making an attempt to do. I’ll hold working onerous within the fitness center and conserving myself obtainable for choice.
“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,” he stated.
Talking about his 600 wickets, Anderson added: “I’ve labored actually onerous with my expertise through the years and I’m lucky sufficient that I get to do it on the prime degree taking part in for my nation.
“Looking again to that first Test (in 2003), I by no means thought I’d get anyplace close to 600 Test wickets. I simply really feel very lucky and privileged that I’ve been ready to do this for a protracted time period.”
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