ENGvsNZ: James Anderson becomes the most capped English Test Cricketer surpassing Alastair Cook

England’s legendary fast bowler Jimmy Anderson has officially announced that he will be bringing curtains to his Test Career following the conclusion of the first test match against the West Indies on 10th July and he will play his final Test match at the Home of Cricket – Lord’s Cricket Stadium.

The 41 year old is globally considered as England’s greatest fast bowler thanks to the exceptional achievements and records he has achieved and created with the Three Lions.

After playing 187 Test games for England, Anderson has decided to step away from the longest format of the game and let England’s next generation of fast bowlers prove themselves to the world.

“Hello everyone. Just wanted to say that this summer’s first test match at Lord’s will be the final Test match of my career, ” Anderson wrote in his Instagram post.

“It’s been some really incredible 20 years of Cricket with England, playing the game which I have loved since I was just a small kid. I am going to miss walking out on the Cricket pitch for England. But I know that this is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of England’s fast bowlers dominate World Cricket.

“I couldn’t have realized my dreams without the support and love of Lola, Daniella, Ruby and both of my parents. A big thank you to all of them. Also, thank you to all of the coaches and players who I have played and worked with for making playing Cricket the best job for me in the world.

“I am really excited for the new challenges which lie ahead, as well as having fun playing some Golf. Thank You to everybody who have supported me in my entire Cricket career, your support really means a lot to me, even if I don’t show it on my face. See you all at Lord’s test against West Indies, go well.”

Anderson’s partner in Crime and favourite bowling partner, Stuart Broad decided to call time on his Cricket career last summer and had a fairytale – farewell, as he ended his Test Career on a high by picking up a wicket on the final ball of his career and that wicket helped the Three Lions draw the Ashes.

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Remember, Anderson became the first seamer to clinch 700 Test wickets, and third overall, in the fifth and final Test between England and India in March earlier this year.

Jimmy Anderson became the first fast bowler to pick 700 wickets in the longest format of the game during the fifth test against India in March 2024. He is the third highest wicket taker in Test Cricket with 700 scalps while Australian legend Shane Warne is second on the list with 708 wickets next to his name. Sri Lanka’s legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is highest wicket taker with 800 wickets in just 133 Test matches.

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