Anderson says it is possible to get 700 Wickets Mark
James Anderson the first fast bowler in history, to get the 600-wicket milestone on the last day of the Southampton Test against Pakistan yesterday (August 25). He is over 36 years old and there are rumors that he may retire soon. However, Jimmy Anderson has stated that he wants to play at least until the 2021 Ashes. Anderson says it is still possible to touch the milestone of 700 wickets.
Only three people have taken more wickets than him in Test history. Both of them have a reputation of taking 700 or more wickets. Sri Lankan spin legends Muttiah Muralitharan and Aussie leg-spinners have taken 800 and 708 Test wickets respectively. On the other hand, Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble took 619 Test wickets.
Will Jimmy Anderson be the third bowler to touch that milestone? The biggest thing is that with age, what is Anderson’s own thoughts on the days ahead of his career? “I have talked to Joe Root about this,” the English pacer told ESPN. He said he wanted to get me to Australia (next Ashes). ‘
‘I don’t see any reason why I can’t. I’m working hard on fitness like all the time. I’m also working hard on the game. Maybe I didn’t get the ball I was supposed to this summer. But in this Test (Southampton Test, 6 wickets with five wickets in the innings) I was in a rhythm.
Anderson, who is currently the highest wicket-taker in Test history with just 600 wickets, believes it is possible to touch the 700-wicket milestone, ‘I think it is possible to give the team something more. I will continue as long as I can remember. I don’t think I played the last Test for England. Can I touch the 700 wicket milestone? Why not? ‘