Southampton: James Anderson intends to achieve even more in Test cricket. Recently, the experienced England pacer has become emboldened and elevated after becoming the first fast bowler to take 600 wickets. James feels that he can also join the 700-wicket club where so far only two legendary spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne have reached.
This 38-year-old bowler clearly stated his intentions after the match draw ended. He said, “I talked to Joe (Root) about this and he said that he would like to see me in Australia (next year's Ashes series). I don't see any reason why I can't be (in the team). I am working hard on my fitness as always. I am working hard on my game.” As you know that, Anderson took his 600th wicket by dismissing Pakistan captain Azhar Ali on the fifth day of the third Test match here on Tuesday. He is now fourth in the list of highest wicket-taking bowlers after Muralitharan (800), Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).
James said, “I haven't been able to bowl like I wanted to do this summer but in this Test I really felt like I could still contribute to this team. As long as I keep feeling like this then I would love to stay in the game. I don't think I have won my last Test match as an England cricketer. Can I reach 700 wickets? Why not?”
If we talk about fast bowlers, Anderson is at the top right now. He is followed by Glenn McGrath (563 wickets), Courtney Walsh (519) and his partner Stuart Broad (514), who have taken more than 500 wickets. Dale Steyn (439), Kapil Dev (434), Richard Hadlee (431), Sean Pollack (421), Wasim Akram (414) and Curtley Ambrose (405) are also among the top ten fast bowlers to take the most wickets.
Anderson said, “The test championship is going on right now. Right now we have to play in the Test series and win the Test matches. I am interested in all of these. I still like going to practice every day, working hard and being in the team to win for England.” Anderson took five or more wickets in the innings for the 29th time in the third Test. Among the fast bowlers, only Richard Hadlee is ahead of them in this matter. He said that the hunger for his wickets has not reduced yet and that is why he is playing now.
Anderson said, “I only think about it. I will continue to work hard in the gym and keep myself available for selection. It is for the selectors, coaches and captain to decide how they want to take the team forward, but as long as they want me in the team, I will keep working hard and try to prove that I am on behalf of this team worth playing.”
Regarding his 600 wickets, Anderson said, “I really worked hard on my skills over the years and I am fortunate to have played at the top level while playing for my country. When I played the first Test (2003), I didn't think that I would be able to reach even close to 600 wickets.”