England’s leading Test wicket-taker, James Anderson, is on the cusp of creating another historic record, becoming their most-capped Test player.
The veteran paceman is only one short of Alastair Cook’s milestone of 161 Tests.
The busy home summer packed with exciting Test action – the two-Test series against New Zealand in June, and five Tests against India in August-September – presents plenty of opportunities for Anderson to overtake Cook’s record.
“For a bowler to play this amount of games, I don’t know what the word is, but it’s a bit mind-blowing to me,” said Anderson who appeared with his England teammates in the LV= Insurance launch video ‘In With Heart’ celebrating England’s cricket community.
The England paceman, who is also nearing the 1000-wicket mark in first-class cricket, said: “It’s a lot of wickets and in this day and age, I don’t know if it’s possible to get that many first-class wickets anymore. With the amount of cricket that’s played there doesn’t seem to be that longevity in bowlers and there’s loads of T20 cricket and whatever else going on around the world. I’m just happy to still be here, to be honest.
“It does make me feel proud,” he added. “I never imagined in a million years I’d get to this point. I don’t feel like I’ve played that many games. My body doesn’t feel old or tired.
“I just absolutely love Test cricket, I’ve got a huge passion for it. Growing up, all I wanted to do is play Test cricket for England and I’m honoured I’ve been able to do it for this long.”