Anderson to Mentor England After Test Retirement Confirms Key

The Test cricket is coming back after an exciting season of T20 cricket. England is all set to play a Test series against West Indies. In the first Test of this series, veteran England bowler James Anderson is all set to retire from cricket. Rob Key, England’s managing director, announced that James Anderson, the legendary fast bowler, will move into a mentoring role with the national team after his retirement.

Anderson to Retire from Test Format:

After ending the T20 World Cup 2024, England is shifting its focus to red-ball cricket. This month, England is all set to play a Test series with England. On July 10th, they will face each other at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. In this Test match, the legendary English bowler James Anderson is all set to say goodbye to this format. 

James Anderson, who made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in May 2003, holds numerous records in international cricket. With 700 Test wickets, he ranks third overall, behind Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralidaran. Among fast bowlers, Anderson’s tally of 700 wickets is the highest. 

He also holds the second position for most Test wickets at home, with 434 dismissals, trailing only Muralidaran’s record. Notably, Anderson has taken 119 Test wickets at Lord’s, the second-highest by a bowler at a single venue, after Muralidaran’s 166 at Colombo. Anderson’s career boasts 32 five-wicket hauls in Tests, second only to New Zealand’s Sir Richard Hadlee among pacers. 

Rob Key on Anderson’s New Role:

James Anderson, England’s iconic fast bowler, will move into a mentorship role with the national team after retiring from Test cricket, confirmed by Rob Key, England’s managing director. Key assured fans that Anderson’s presence won’t end with his retirement; he will continue with the squad throughout the summer as a mentor, ensuring his valuable experience and guidance benefit the team beyond his playing career.

Key said, “Jimmy will continue in our set-up, and he’ll help as a bit more of a mentor. We’re trying to set up an elite coach development progamme, which Jimmy wants to do, but we’ll have a look at the end of summer.”

Later he added, “It might be something that he doesn’t enjoy, or it might be something that he absolutely loves. But he’s got so much to offer English cricket, so we don’t want to see that go. But it is going to quite an occasion with him bowing out at Lord’s.”

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