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James Anderson to retire from Test cricket

England seam bowler James Anderson will retire from Test cricket this summer.

The 41-year-old made the announcement this morning following speculation he had been told by England coach Brendon McCullum that the team management wanted to explore younger options.

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Anderson has taken 700 wickets in 187 Tests – the most by a pace bowler in the history of Test cricket – but will bow out following the first Test against the West Indies, which starts on July 10.

The Lancashire right-armer, who made his Test debut for England in 2003, said: “Hi everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test.

“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.

“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.

“I’m excited for the new challenges that lie ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it’s always meant a lot, even if my face often doesn’t show it.”

Anderson will finish third on the all-time list of Test wicket-takers behind Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and late Australia great Shane Warne.

It is not known whether he continue to play for the Red Rose.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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