3 reasons why James Anderson's retirement will create a huge void for England in Test Cricket

The legendary England pacer has finally announced his retirement from international cricket as the first Test of the English summer will be his last appearance.

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In what seems to be a ‘shocking news’ for the ardent cricket lovers, the legendary England pacer James Anderson has announced his retirement from international cricket. The first Test of the English summer at the iconic Lord’s will be the last appearance of the all-time England legend in his illustrious and historic 21-year-long career.

“Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test,” wrote Jimmy Anderson in a recent post from his official Instagram handle.

“It’s been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I’ve loved since I was a kid. 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,” he added later.

Having said that, here we’ll look at the 3 reasons why James Anderson’s retirement will create a huge void for England in Test Cricket.

Here’s a look at 3 reasons behind James Anderson’s retirement being a huge void

3. Lack of Experience in the core bowling attack

James Anderson (File Photo: Internet)

Anderson’s presence over the years has provided a big experience in the pace bowling attack of England. He has created a lot of impact for the Three Lions while leading the core bowling attack. The 41-year-old has been fulfilling this responsibility for 2 decades while representing England at the highest level of the game.

But the departure of the legendary pacer from Test cricket will leave a huge void and a big lack of experience in the core bowling attack. Past Anderson, there will be the likes of Mark Wood and Gus Atkinson, the latter is quite young and the former is mostly vulnerable to injuries owing to his sheer pace and risky follow-through.

2. The replacement might take time to fill in the big shoes of James Anderson

James Anderson (File Photo: Internet)

After the retirement of James Anderson, the England management will surely look ahead to find a long-term replacement, which might be from the likes of Sam Cook, Matthew Potts, and Jamie Porter.

But it will not be an easy path to walk on for these pacers and fill in the big shoes of the legendary pacer who is set to end his Test career with a record-breaking number of 700+ Test wickets. So, it might also be a big concern for England.

1. Hard for management to find the perfect replacement suddenly after 21 years of James Anderson

James Anderson (File Photo: Internet)

Not only for the one who will be there as Anderson’s replacement, but it is also going to be a big task and a trick to solve for English management when it will be about finding a perfect long-term replacement for James Anderson considering the number of years he has been serving English cricket.

The management might not blindly count on anyone to take this responsibility from the front to replace the player of James Anderson’s legacy. The coming months are going to be a big test for the England management.

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