Michael Vaughan in his article a few days earlier, called for the England team to “move on” from the 39-year-old veteran James Anderson if they want to be the “world force”. Replying back to the former England captain, Anderson wrote a column in the Telegraph and explained the thought process and wishes of the coach and captain.
“They have told me their thoughts too. They want me around and to carry on. As long as that is the case, it is not an elephant in any room. We are talking openly about it.” said Anderson in his article.
England has been hammered in the first three games of the Ashes and secured a draw in the fourth test match by just one wicket. The bowler admitted a few days ago that there is always uncertainly about the future especially when the side suffers a heavy defeat.
The bowler expressed his desire to continue playing. England has nearly 10 test matches to play this year and with the World Test Championship and next Ashes to be held in 2023, there is a likelihood that the fast bowler may announce his retirement this year during the home series test matches. The fast bowler has scalped 640 wickets till now in his 169 matches, the most by any for England.
Anderson will be turning 40 the next July and still has the swing, seam, and zip to trouble a top-quality batsman. The bowler recently managed to secure a draw and has ruled out the possibility of 5 – 0 whitewash by surviving the last over of the day from Steve Smith. Anderson admitted that he felt comfortable knowing that Smith would be bowling. After the match got over, both players shared a laugh on the pitch. The fifth and final test match will start from the 14th of January at Bellerive Oval, Hobart.