James Anderson warns South Africa ahead of three-match Test series
England bowling stalwart James Anderson has issued an ominous warning ahead of the three-Test series against South Africa which kicks off at Lord’s on August 17, saying he has no intention of ‘slowing down’, despite the rapid transition from the right hand to the psychological age. 40 year barrier.
Anderson, following an off-color Ashes streak that led to him and his bowling partner Stuart Broad being dropped from the away series in the Caribbean, returned to the side for the streak of tests against New Zealand and the fifth test postponed against India where it met with immense success.
Anderson is the world’s highest Test wicket-taker among pace thunderers with 657 scalps in 172 games. He is also the third highest wicket taker in Test cricket behind Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and the late Shane Warne.
Anderson is preparing to play the 173rd Test match of his career at Lord’s when England host South Africa this week, with the contest set to prove crucial in deciding who reaches the Test World Championship final next year .
While many expect Anderson to start slowing down now that he’s turned 40, the bowling stalwart says he still has a desire to keep improving.
“I don’t feel old or like I’m slowing down or anything,” Anderson said as quoted by ICC. “The last few weeks I’ve been working hard and training, trying to work on my bowling again and keeping that pace, then the last two days I’ve felt at a good pace and I hope I can show it on the pitch.”
With the backing of manager Brendon McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes, Anderson notched his 32nd five-wicket run of his Test career in England’s latest triumph over India in Birmingham and has the third-most wickets (40) by any player during the current. Trial world championship period.
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“I don’t have any personal goals, I just want to continue enjoying my cricket. During testing earlier this summer, I felt really invigorated by the way we were asked to bowl as bowling group. It was a change of mindset. I loved his aggressive nature and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” he added.
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