James Anderson set to retire from Test cricket after playing his last match against West Indies

England's 41-year-old pace bowler James Anderson is set to retire from Test cricket after playing the match against West Indies. To know more, read the article.

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England's 41-year-old pace bowler James Anderson is set to retire from Test cricket after playing the first Test match against West Indies. This decision came into effect after having a conversation with coach Brendon McCullum. As per reports, McCullum went to England to talk with Anderson and inform him about England's future and that the management is looking for young talents who can play in the upcoming Ashes. Anderson took to Instagram to share the news with his fans and followers.   

"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," said Anderson.

This came after Anderson had a disappointing Ashes campaign in 2023 where he took only 5 wickets in the 5-match Test series. Under Ben Stokes, England however drew the series, 2-2 which was an achievement in itself. Anderson has been a part of the England side since 2002 and has had an incredible career. Undoubtedly, he's the best pacer in the world and playing at the age of 41, he has done extremely well for the team.

Moreover, he is currently the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 700 wickets and has also taken the most wickets in the format among fast bowlers. Also, earlier this year, he became the first pacer to reach the 700-wicket mark. He is now close to Shane Warne's tally of 708 wickets. 

England to play 4-match T20I series against Pakistan

England are set to play a 4-match T20I series against Pakistan before the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 campaign. However, they are yet to release their squad for the series. Moreover, the men in green are going on a tour to England and they will also play a 3-match series against Ireland in Dublin. Before the World Cup, these series will help the teams know their strengths and weaknesses.  

They will play three matches against Ireland in Dublin on May 10, 12, and 14. Post that, they'll travel to England to play matches at Headingley in Leeds on May 22, Edgbaston in Birmingham (May 25), Sophia Gardens in Cardiff (May 28), and the Oval in London (May 30).