Bowler James Anderson has revealed he’ll continue donning his cricket kit to take part in England’s one-day internationals until the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and beyond.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the 30-year-old gave new coach Ashley Giles and captain Alastair Cook a “timely boost” by confirming his intentions.
Sights are set
The sportsman remarked: “My sights are definitely set on the next World Cup in 2015.” He also noted that he is ready to go after his recent rest during the one-day series in India. About this, he stated: “My body was feeling a bit sorry for itself at the end of the Indian Test series but, after a couple of months’ rest, I am ready to go.
“Not that I’m driven by records but I want to keep playing for few more years and, if I do, I can keep chipping away at guys ahead of me. To be honest, I want to play all forms of cricket for England, including Twenty20, but my body probably wouldn’t cope with it – especially at my age.”
Chasing the greats
The Daily Mail noted that Anderson has been racking up some impressive stats. He is fifth on England’s list of Test wicket-takers and is not far off Darren Gough’s total of 235.
Looking at the successes of cricketers like Anderson can serve as a great inspiration for up and coming enthusiasts. On his official website, he notes that he started playing cricket for Burnley under 11s when he was nine before making his first XI debut at the age of 15.
His first representative cricket came when he played for the Lancashire under 15B team and at the age of 17 he had made it into the Lancashire under 19s, playing a few second XI games. At the age of 18, he was offered his first professional contract by Lancashire.
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