There is no doubt that James Anderson has been one of the finest weapons for the English team for nearly two decades. Even at 39 years of age, Anderson still has that seam, swing, and zip in his bowling that troubles any quality player. While the bowler may not have too much success on the Australian shores in terms of the wicket, there is no question about the fact Anderson has always been the leader of the bowling unit in the test side.
Michael Vaughan, in his latest column for Telegraph has suggested that England needs to “move on” from Anderson and that the side cannot be a world force with Anderson at the helm. In his own words, “Managing Jimmy’s retirement is going to be key to this team moving forward. His future is the big elephant in the room. “England cannot move on and be a world force with Anderson at the helm. I love watching Jimmy bowl. He is a poet with the ball in hand. He could still be England’s best bowler for another two years.
Anderson has suffered a few injuries in recent years that have downsized his potency in test bowling. Much was expected of him and Broad in what could be their last tour to Australia, but the English side was never really in the series and have just avoided a 5 – 0 whitewash after securing a draw in the fourth test match that went down to the last ball.
Anderson is the most test capped for England and has scalped 640 wickets at an average of 26.58. The bowler is known for his ability to inswing and outswing the ball. While Vaughan believes that Anderson could be lethal for another year or two, it may not be the right thing to keep going on and on. “Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath retired with one or two years of high level cricket still left in them. Just because you can still perform does not mean you should keep going on and on.” Vaughan wrote.
Anderson in his column for Telegraph admitted that there is always uncertainty about the future, especially when the side loses convincingly. England is to play ten test matches in the year 2022. England will play three test matches in the Caribbean. The Indian team will play one test match of the 2021 series with England and New Zealand will arrive to play three test matches. South Africa will then tour England between July and September 2022 for three test matches and it is very likely that Jimmy Anderson will probably announce his retirement after that series.