James Anderson‘s performance in the Ashes 2023 raised concerns about his form, securing only five wickets in four Test matches with a disappointing average of 85.40. The retirement of his long-time new-ball partner, Stuart Broad, further intensified speculation about the seasoned seamer’s future in international cricket.
Milestone quest: James Anderson’s pursuit of 700 Test wickets
Despite the recent struggles, Anderson’s legendary status in Test cricket remains intact, holding the record for the most wickets by a pace bowler with 690 scalps. With just 10 wickets away from the elusive 700 mark, he eyes becoming the third bowler to achieve this feat, following the footsteps of Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Return to India: Anderson’s crucial role in England’s Test tour
As Anderson prepares to return to action in England’s tour of India, where they will play five Tests starting on January 25, the focus shifts to his potential impact. The series against India will provide ample opportunities for the veteran seamer to showcase his skill and experience.
Steven Finn’s perspective regarding Anderson’s retirement
Now ahead of the series, Anderson’s former teammate Steven Finn dismissed retirement speculations, referring to Anderson as ‘Superhuman’. Despite a less-than-ideal summer in 2023, Finn emphasized Anderson’s determination and belief in making a difference. He highlighted Anderson’s continued surprise factor and the valuable experience he brings to the team.
“Jimmy is superhuman. People have been anticipating he will retire for about seven years now and he keeps surprising people and performing. He didn’t have a fantastic summer last year, but I know from knowing him as a character that he wouldn’t be doing this unless he felt he could make a difference,” Finn was quoted as saying by the ESPNcricinfo.
A key player in England’s quest
Having been part of the England team that triumphed in the 2012 Test series in India, Anderson has a proven track record in Indian conditions. His significant contributions, including 12 wickets in four games in 2012 and eight wickets in three games in 2021, underline his crucial role in England’s bid to secure a series win in India once again.