James Anderson aims to play till Ashes 2021-22
England speedster James Anderson vows to come back strongly after he failed to make an impact against Windies and Pakistan, recently. The 38-year-old quashed any speculation regarding his retirement, stating he has no intention of hanging the boots. In a recent conference, Anderson seemed unhappy with his inconsistency and admitted that he needs to bowl better.
I am still hungry to play the game: Anderson
"No absolutely not. I am still hungry to play the game. The frustration for me has been after one bad game, the whispers that go around. I don't think that's fair. It's been a frustrating week for me personally," Anderson said.
Anderson is struggling with the ball
In the incumbent calendar year, Anderson seems to have lost his mojo. Although he hit the right areas against West Indies, his tactics against Pakistani batsmen put him under the scanner. Notably, Anderson averages 41.16 in the ongoing season. He has scalped six wickets from as many innings with a best of 104/3. Meanwhile, he could pick a solitary wicket against Pakistan.
'I felt out of rhythm against Pakistan', says Anderson
Anderson admitted he is feeling out of rhythm while bowling. "I haven't bowled very well, I felt out of rhythm. Probably for the first time in ten years, I got a little bit emotional on the field, started getting frustrated," he added. "When you get frustrated and a little bit angry, you try and bowl quicker and quicker. That doesn't help on the field."
History beckons for Anderson!
Amid all the talks regarding his inconsistency, Anderson is still chasing the 600-wicket mark in Test cricket. He requires ten more scalps to touch the esoteric landmark. Notably, he will become the first ever fast bowler and fourth overall bowler to become the owner of 600 Test scalps. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) have managed to do so.
Anderson could feature in The Ashes next year
Earlier this year, Anderson expressed his desire to play for as long as his fitness allows. Yet again, he hinted at taking part in The Ashes series next year. "I want to play as long as I possibly can. For me, it's about trying to find a way of dealing with that, dealing with the outside noise," he concluded.