James Anderson, the veteran seamer from England, is quickly closing in on becoming the most-capped Test cricketer in the world. Ahead of the marquee five-match series against India, James Anderson stated that players might be rotated more often since the matches will be taking place in quick succession later this summer.
The pacer, who is considered the highest Test wicket-taker in the world among fast bowlers with a total of 614 scalps in 160 matches, will celebrate his 39th birthday in July. When asked about the rotation policy from the England & Wales Cricket Board, Anderson stated that the five-match Test against India could provide a more entertaining story due to back-to-backs in rather quick succession. This could be where people will get rotated more often.
England is set to play New Zealand in two Tests that will begin on 4 June 2021. Thereafter, England will play host to India in a massive five-match series that will take place during the second half of the English summer. Anderson also informed BettingPro that the rotation that occurred during winter was understandable due to the amount of cricket and the time spent in bubbles.
However, it’s going to be very different during the summer. Anderson believes that once everything goes well, it will start to get more relaxed. The players won’t be pressured by the bubble life they’ve endured in the past 12 months which means there shouldn’t be any reason for players to rest so often.
James Anderson’s Upcoming Matches
Anderson is excited to play all the upcoming Tests during the summer, including the two matches against New Zealand and the five matches against India. He would love to play all seven matches against two incredible teams, giving him and his team more than enough preparation for the Ashes that follows.
When the England side picks their strongest team, Anderson and Stuart would like to be included in the squad and get the opportunity to share the ball. Stuarts and Anderson have sent multiple texts to each other saying that it would be great if they can play together during the summer. But, this is completely up to the captain and the coach of the team. However, from a team’s point of view, both players want to build the momentum for the big summer ahead.
Apart from standing on the verge of becoming the most-capped Test player in England, Anderson is also only 8 shy of achieving 1,000 wickets when it comes to first-class cricket. He calls the figures mind blowing and stated that its difficult to imagine that a player can reach so many wickets in first-class cricket in this day and age.
Anderson is about to equal the record of former skipper Alastair Cook for the most Test appearances and stated that he is proud of the achievement but never expected to reach the milestone in a million years. He never imagined that he would reach such an achievement as a bowler and feels honored that he managed to accomplish it.