James Anderson
James Anderson

James Anderson bids goodbye to Test cricket as he confirms his retirement from the Test format: England’s legendary fast bowler and the highest wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Test cricket, James Anderson has confirmed his retirement from Test cricket.

The 41-year-old announced his decision to retire after the first Test against West Indies at Lord’s in July. Anderson, who reached the milestone of 700 Test wickets during the Dharamsala Test against India at the beginning of the year, made the announcement via social media.

Although he would miss playing for his nation, Anderson acknowledged in his statement that he has a strong desire to represent England and that he feels it is now time to move aside and concentrate on the younger players.

be granted the opportunity to realise your aspirations. He acknowledged the value of each and every person who had helped him throughout his remarkable career, even though he hadn’t always shown it outwardly.

Anderson, who made his Test debut at Lord’s in 2003, has taken 700 wickets in 187 Test matches in a career spanning more than two decades. His contribution to English cricket and his achievements as a bowler have cemented his status as one of the greatest the format has ever seen.

The first Test against the West Indies in July will mark the end of an era for English cricket, as Anderson will bid farewell to Test cricket. England are set to host the West Indies in a three-match ICC World Test Championship series, with the first Test taking place at Lord’s.

James Anderson
James Anderson

 "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," Anderson wrote.

At 41, Anderson has played Test cricket for over two decades to become one of the greatest bowlers the format has seen. He made his Test debut at Lord’s in 2003 and has taken 700 wickets in 187 Tests. "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. See you at the Test," he wrote.

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