James Anderson is just like red wine – getting better and fitter with age. The swing sensation from England recently broke into the top 9 wicket takers in test cricket and has been in great form. Anderson though, is far from being finished and is rather hungry for more success. In a recent interview, England’s pace spearhead admitted that he was fit enough to continue for another 5 years before hanging his boots.
Contrary to the traditional belief that pacers struggle on flat decks, Anderson has enjoyed bowling under the baking sun in UAE. The pacer has a stunning average of just 24.9 in UAE. Anderson spoke about the same and said, “It is a real test of your skills and it is quite good fun.” “If you have a good day out here you feel you get more out of it personally. There is more reward.”
Anderson also spoke about the testing conditions of the Gulf as heat was a major source of concern. “The first couple of days we were worried about how we were going to get through because the heat was quite severe but as the series has gone on the temperature has dropped and we have got used to it as well. We have been bowling three, four, five over spells which doesn’t actually take too much out of you.” “In these conditions you’ve got to try and get something out of it as a seamer, you try all sorts of things,” he said. “We’ve had the keeper up at different stages, you bowl off cutters and things like that. The ball that got Misbah the other day was a genuine offspinner, you just try it,” Anderson said.
When quizzed about his future, Anderson had a optimistic response and hinted that he was fit enough to play for a few more years. “You’re making me feel really old … as if I’m coming to the end! But why can’t I play for another five years? I’m loving it at the minute, loving bowling, loving playing, enjoying taking wickets and the challenges we’ve got ahead. I’m going to keep going till my body can’t take any more,” Anderson concluded.