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James Anderson, England’s top wicket-taker, says goodbye to international cricket

Anderson expresses gratitude for the unwavering support of his family throughout his entire journey.

Renowned English cricketer James Anderson has declared his retirement from international cricket following England’s upcoming first Test match against West Indies at Lord’s, scheduled to begin on July 10.

The veteran fast bowler confirmed his decision via a heartfelt post on Instagram, expressing gratitude for his illustrious 20-year career representing his nation.

In a statement shared on his Instagram account, the 41-year-old veteran expressed appreciation for his remarkable 20-year career representing England. “Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test,” Anderson wrote. “It’s been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I’ve loved since I was a kid.”

Anderson, boasting an impressive 700 Test wickets, reflected on his journey, acknowledging the steadfast support of his family and the cricketing community. “I’m going to miss walking out for England so much,” he remarked. “But I know the time is right to step aside and let others realize their dreams just like I got to, because there is no greater feeling.”

The decision comes amidst speculation fueled by England head coach Brendon McCullum’s recent visit to inform Anderson of the team’s intention to transition away from his unmatched prowess. Nonetheless, Anderson remains appreciative of the opportunity to have represented England for over two decades.

“I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of Daniella, Lola, Ruby, and my parents,” Anderson expressed his gratitude. “Also, thank you to the players and coaches who have made this the best job in the world.”

Looking ahead, Anderson expressed enthusiasm for new challenges and hinted at indulging in his passion for golf. “I’m excited for the new challenges that lie ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf,” he added.

Anderson’s illustrious career witnessed him surpassing several milestones, notably becoming the first fast bowler to amass 700 Test wickets. With a total of 987 wickets across formats, he holds the record as the most prolific seam bowler in cricket history.

As Anderson gets ready to say goodbye to the international stage, fans and cricket enthusiasts worldwide are preparing to commemorate the legacy of one of England’s greatest cricketers.

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