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James Anderson announces retirement from Test cricket

England’s veteran pacer James Anderson who remains the highest wicket-taker among pace bowlers in Test cricket, is set to make his final appearance in red-ball cricket for England in July.

Anderson announced his decision to retire from Test cricket with the first Test against West Indies at Lord’s in July this year. England are set to play Tests against West Indies and Sri Lanka at home this year.

James Anderson made his international Test debut on 22 May 2003 in a match against Zimbabwe and continues to play 187 tests and has bagged 700 wickets.

The veteran fast bowler reached his landmark of 700 Test wickets in Dharamsala in a Test match against India earlier this year. The 41-year-old made his announcement public on his official social media.

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

“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, Go well Jimmy x”


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According to ‘The Guardian’, Anderson was told by England’s Test team coach Brendon McCullum that they are looking at the future, with an eye on the Ashes 2025-26 in Australia, which means that the end of the road is near for the 41-year-old.

England host West Indies in a three-match ICC World Test Championship series in July, starting with the first Test at Lord’s and it will be the final Test game for Anderson.

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