James Anderson has made ‘peace’ with England retirement

James Anderson has made ‘peace’ with England retirement

LONDON (AP) — James Anderson has “made peace” with his impending retirement from England, even though the ever-green bowler believes he is bowling as well as ever.

Anderson, who turns 42 this month, was told by the England management team in April that they would be leaving him this summer to look to the future.

Despite his age, Anderson was warming up for his 188th and final Test match against the West Indians at Lord’s, which starts on Wednesday, having taken seven wickets for Lancashire last week.

Anderson, who holds a record for a non-spinner with 700 Test wickets, insisted he is excited about what the future holds after agreeing to stay with the England red-ball team for the rest of the summer as a fast bowling mentor.

“I feel like I’m still bowling as well as I’ve ever bowled,” Anderson said. “But I knew it had to end at some point. Whether that’s now or in a year or two. The fact that it is now is something I have to deal with and accept. Over the last few months I’ve made peace with that. I can completely understand the decision and the direction the team and management want to go in.

“I would love to be able to contribute in some way this week. Whether it’s one wicket or whatever, I would love to make a small contribution and win the game.”

Although Anderson’s international career is coming to an end, he has not yet made a decision on whether he will continue playing for Lancashire, who have a club named after him at Emirates Old Trafford.

“I’m going to talk to the people at Lancs and see what we do going forward,” he said. “It’s a tough decision because my emotions are all over the place.”