James Anderson admitted that it was “mind-blowing” that he is close to becoming England’s most-capped Test player. Anderson is currently England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Test history with 614 wickets to his name. He will equal his former captain, Sir Alastair Cook’s record of 161 Tests if he is selected to play against New Zealand at Lord’s. Anderson will then get the opportunity to break the record in case he is selected for the second Test Match against the Kiwis at Edgbaston.
Anderson recently revealed that he does not feel old or tired ahead of a busy schedule. England will play two Tests against the Kiwis followed by a five-match series against India in August and September. The fast bowler is also eight wickets away from claiming 1000 wickets in first-class cricket.
“For a bowler to play this amount of games, I don’t know what the word is, but it’s a bit mind-blowing to me,” said James Anderson when asked about becoming England’s most-capped Test player. “It does make me feel proud. I never imagined in a million years I’d get to this point. I don’t feel like I’ve played that many games. My body doesn’t feel old or tired.”
“I just absolutely love Test cricket, I’ve got a huge passion for it. Growing up, all I wanted to do is play Test cricket for England and I’m honored I’ve been able to do it for this long,” he added. “Touch wood, I’ve not had career-threatening injuries. Getting to 38 and be in that position makes me feel really privileged.”
Anderson also spoke about his fellow seamer, Jofra Archer missing the New Zealand and India series after undergoing elbow surgery last week. “It’s tough when you have a recurring injury like that but as a bowler, it’s part and parcel of the job, really. He sounds upbeat and confident that he is going to come back strong,” he added.