As the series against South Africa commenced at Lord’s, clouds were eminent over the future of England’s leading wicket taker in Test matches, James Anderson. The swing sensation recently expressed his desire to play till the next home Ashes in 2019. With England set to tour Australia later this year, that series could well determine Anderson’s future.
The pacer last played for England in December last year at Mumbai, during the side’s 0-4 drubbing at the hands of India. However, there have been questions surrounding Anderson’s future, with the pacer remaining injury prone. With the likes of Mark Wood, Toby Roland-Jones and Jake Ball fitting in and impressing, Anderson indeed faces stiff competition.
In a column for The Telegraph, the pacer expressed his desire to play till the next home Ashes.
“The ambition to play one more Ashes in England is still strong,” Anderson wrote his column for the newspaper. “It is two years away and I know a lot can happen in that time.”
“A player can get a career ending injury at any moment or a lack of form can cost them their place so I know I have to take it step by step, summer by summer. “I want to go to Australia this English winter,” he added. “It is an amazing tour. “There is nothing quite like an Ashes trip Down Under. I have experienced both winning and losing in Australia and I feel like I have unfinished business,” he added.
Contradicting Anderson recently, was former Australian captain Ian Chappell, who termed him as an “underachiever”. “I think he’s got a lot to prove in Australia and what he’s shown so far he might be lucky to hold a spot in Australia,” Chappell said. “New ball partner Stuart Broad’s got a better record than him in Australia.”
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