England’s pace veteran James Anderson to end his Test career this summer, makes announcement on Instagram

English pace icon James Anderson will retire this summer
James Anderson to retire this summer. Photo Courtesy: James Anderson Facebook page

England’s fast bowling legend James Anderson, who has taken 700 wickets in 187 Tests since making his debut in 2003, on Saturday (May 11, 2024) announced he will retire from red-ball cricket after the first Test at Lord’s against the West Indies this summer, ending his career spanning 21 years.

Anderson, who touched the landmark 700-wicket haul during the Test match against India earlier this year, announced his decision on social media.

He posted on Instagram: “Hi everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test.”

Anderson said he will miss walking out on the field for England.

Anderson further said in the post, “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 said: “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.”

Anderson said he is looking forward to his future endeavour and promised to give more time to golf.

In Test cricket, James Anderson, 41, is behind Muttaiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708) in the highest-wicket takers list. He is also the only pace bowler to breach the 700-wicket mark in Test cricket.