James Anderson already has sights on 2021-22 Ashes as he joins ‘600 club’

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES England’s James Anderson holds up the ball to celebrate his 600th test wicket after dismissing Pakistan’s captain Azhar Ali during the fifth day of the third cricket test match between England and Pakistan on Tuesday in Southampton, England. | AP Anderson will be nearly 40 when England begin their quest to regain the urn from their archrivals.But although he has now played a mammoth 156 tests, Anderson insisted there was no reason why he couldn’t still be a key member of England’s attack Down Under.“To be honest I’ve chatted to Rooty about this a little bit and he has said he would like me to be in Australia,” Anderson told reporters after a match, marred by bad weather, ended in a draw to give England a 1-0 win in a three-test series.At 38, Anderson — an England international for 17 years — is already at an age where many pacemen of previous generations have long since retired.But his hunger for wickets shows no sign of being sated, even though he has already enjoyed the rare experience for an England cricketer of starring in a victorious Ashes campaign in Australia, in 2010-11.“I don’t see any reason why I can’t be (involved),” he said.“I’m working hard on my fitness all the time, working hard on my game. I didn’t bowl as well as I’d have liked for the whole summer but this test match I was really on it and I feel like I’ve still got stuff to offer this team,” added Anderson, who finished with match figures of 7-101 following his 29th five-wicket test haul in the first innings.“As long as I still feel like that I think I’ll keep going.“There will be decisions along the way with the selectors and coach and captain, around how the team moves forward, but as long as they want me around I’ll keep working hard and try to prove I’m good enough to play in this team.”The Lancashire swing bowler added, “I still love turning up every day at training, putting in the hard yards and being in the dressing room with the lads trying to forge a win for England.“That’s all I’ve really ever bothered about and what I’ll keep trying to do. I don’t think I’ve won my last test matches as an England cricketer yet.”While England were able to stage ‘bio-secure’ series against both Pakistan and the West Indies this season, there is no certainty as to when they will next play a test amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.“It felt amazing to get 600 wickets, but even if I didn’t get it here there are worse numbers to be stuck on for a few months than 599, so I’d have been happy either way,” said Anderson, who was happy to see Root feature in his landmark achievement.“But it means a huge amount to see Joe taking the catch, I have played loads of test cricket with Joe and also with Stuart Broad. I was fortunate enough to be out on the field for his 500th wicket (last month) and it has meant a lot to both of us.”Meanwhile Root paid tribute to Anderson, saying, “There’s no one that can touch him really, he’s that far ahead of everyone else in my opinion.“He’s a brilliant senior player — you couldn’t ask for a better role model and someone to learn off. He’s a credit to our country.” James Anderson, Ashes tour center_img Southampton, England – James Anderson has refused to rest on his laurels after becoming the first paceman to take 600 test wickets, revealing that England captain Joe Root wanted him to feature in the 2021-22 Ashes tour of Australia.Anderson became only the fourth bowler after three retired spinners — Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619) — to achieve the feat when he had Pakistan captain Azhar Ali well caught by first slip Root at the Ageas Bowl on Tuesday. RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDSlast_img read more

Adams leads Essequibo to second victory

first_imgA match defining all-round performance from Richardo Adams saw Essequibo ease their way past Lower Corentyne for a three wicket win in the latest round of the Guyana Cricket Board 50-over Franchise League yesterday at the Albion Community Development Centre ground. Fresh from the Caribbean Premier League, Veerasammy Permaul was appointed captain of Lower Corentyne, won the toss on his first outing and surprisingly elected to bat first with the wicket having some moisture.Permaul would later regret the decision as his team lasted only 29 overs, rolled over for 110. Essequibo cruised, stuttered and then survived a late scare to reach 114-7 in 36.2 overs.Javed Karim starred with both bat and ballEssequibo got off to a horrid start, leaking a lot of extras and missed on the capitalization of a conventional runout of the second ball of the match. This did not cost them as Jason Sinclair was trapped leg before wicket (LBW) off the next delivery while his younger brother, Junior who was fishing consistently missed a late swinging ball from Joshua Jones after sharing a 43-run stand with Kevlon Anderson.Anderson, the only mainstay in the innings lost partners rapidly including the experienced Jonathan Foo who tried to pull a  Nial Cadogan delivery only to pop a simple return catch while Seon Hetmyer’s wicket signalled both the introduction of spin for the first time and the collapse with Lower Corentyne 60-4.Ricardo Adams’ left-arm orthodox proved to be gold as he also removed Permaul in the same over while disposing of Karan Arjpaul and Anderson. Anderson faced 71 balls for his 54 runs, striking three fours and was the lone batsman to show some resistance with Kelvin Umroa’s 10 the only other double figure score.Adams was assisted by his captain, Anthony Adams, who also bowls slow left arm, in ripping through the lower order.Ricardo Adams ended with 4-26 while Anthony Adams returned 3-24 from eight overs each with Cadogan, Ronsford Beaton and Jones taking one wicket each. In the chase, Kevon Boodie and Kemol Savory looked to bring it home after the loss of Mark Williams to Kassim Khan.Khan struck once again, removing the set Savory who tried to clear the boundary, only to pick out Junior Sinclair in the deep at long on for a knock of 20. Richardo Adams then saw his side go to lunch at 55-2 and upon resumption, the pair carried their side to 93-3 before Boodie trying to hit against the breeze held out to the long off fielder for 27.Umroa then struck twice in the same over as Chetram Persaud and Anthony Adams were both trapped LBW to the left arm spinner. Permaul got into the action with the wicket of Richardo Adams who tried to sweep only to get a leading edge to Foo at second slip, ending his knock worth 31 runs.Despite that, Beaton’s cautionary batting and a huge swing from Cadogan that connected for a long off six ended the match.Umroa ended with 3-17 while Permaul and Khan picked up two wickets each.Meanwhile at Port Mourant, West Berbice coasted to a seven-wicket win over Upper Corentyne. West Berbice won the toss and elected to field and bowled out Upper Corentyne for 51 in 24 overs before chasing down 52 in 67 balls, losing three wickets in the process.Gudakesh Motie was the main destroyer of the Upper Corentyne unit, claiming 4-16 while Kevin Jawahir (2-8), Kevin Sinclair (2-10) and Javed Karim (2-6) supported well. Shawn Perreira’s unbeaten 10 and Andy Mohan with 10 also were the only double figure scores.Karim returned to blast three fours in his knock of 27 to register a comfortable win.last_img read more