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James Anderson to Retire from International Cricket

• 14 May, 24 • by Gaurav Sauran
James Anderson to Retire from International Cricket

Legendary English fast bowler James Anderson has announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing an end to an illustrious career spanning two decades. The curtain will fall after England’s first Test of the summer against West Indies, which will be held at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Groundthe very stage where his Test journey began 21 years ago.

Anderson, who will turn 42 in July, etched his name in cricket history by becoming the world’s leading wicket-taker among pace bowlers, with a staggering tally of 700 scalps in Test cricket. This phenomenal feat places him third on the all-time list, behind only the legendary spinners Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.  His international career also saw him don the England jersey a record-breaking 187 times, the second-highest in Test history, just behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 200 appearances.

 

The announcement came via a personal statement released on Anderson’s Instagram account.  While confirming his final Test for England, he did hint at the possibility of continuing his cricketing journey with his county team, Lancashire, during a later interview with the BBC’s Tailenders podcast.

 

Hi everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test,” Anderson wrote on Instagram.

It’s been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’m going to miss walking out for England so much. But I know the time is right to step aside and let others realise their dreams just like I got to, because there is no greater feeling.”

I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of Daniella, Lola, Ruby and my parents. A huge thank you to them. Also, thank you to the players and coaches who have made this the best job in the world. I’m excited for the new challenges that lie ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it’s always meant a lot, even if my face often doesn’t show it.”

See you at the Test

 

Anderson’s initial goals involved featuring in all six Tests of the summer against West Indies and Sri Lanka. He even expressed a desire to be part of the 2025-26 Ashes tour Down Under, where he would be 43 years old. However, a meeting on the golf course with England’s Test head coach Brendon McCullum in April, followed by discussions with managing director Rob Key, led to a different course of action. The team management, with their sights set on building towards the Ashes tour, decided it was time to look beyond Anderson for the upcoming summer Tests.

Despite stepping away from international cricket, Anderson’s legacy remains undisputed.  He has cemented his position as one of the greatest bowlers Test cricket has ever witnessed. Reaching the pinnacle of 700 wickets in the longest format of the game is a testament to his exceptional talent and longevity.  While he has been the keystone of the English bowling attack for a significant period, recent performances, including a challenging Ashes series in Australia last year, indicated a need for change.

 

With 187 Tests, 194 ODIs, and 19 T20Is under his belt, James Anderson has not only been a dominant force in Test cricket but has also contributed significantly to England’s white-ball formats.  As he bids farewell to international cricket, the cricketing world salutes his remarkable achievements and the indelible mark he has left on the sport.

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