Jimmy Anderson: Career and Future perspective

James Anderson, a Lancashire native, is arguably the greatest swing bowler in the world right now. He earned his England debut during the 2002 season and was in and out of the team for the better part of five years until late 2007. In the 2003 World Cup against Pakistan, he had a brilliant spell that announced his presence; nevertheless, he was unable to sustain the momentum and eventually left the team.

In the early years of his career, he was viewed as being too sensitive and lacking the qualities of a world-class performer. However, he has been absent from Earth since late 2007. With wickets coming against every side and after having mastered the Aussies in Australia, his resume now looks complete.

During those inconsistent years, when he was out of the side, the England coaching management tinkered with his bowling action, which resulted in a loss of confidence and form. But once he went back to an action that was based on his old one, he was back to his best—swinging the ball around corners and taking wickets by the plenty. His best work happened in the 2010 Ashes when he led England’s attack and bowled amazing, with a Kookaburra ball getting 24 wickets. This helped him forget some past issues from his trip to Australia in 2006 where he took just five wickets only.

With the bat, he is a good lower-order batsman and his biggest accomplishment so far has been playing 54 test innings without getting out at zero. This set a record all around the world. For a quick player who throws the ball, he is really good at catching and playing sports. He moves quickly on the field and has safe hands, which is often seen catching at shortstop positions.

In June 2013, during an ICC Champions Trophy match against Australia, Anderson reached number one as England’s top ODI wicket-taker. He took his 235th wicket which was more than Darren Gough had taken before him. He also became the second-best wicket-taker in Tests for England when he got his 326th wicket during the fifth Test against Australia at The Oval Stadium, which happened in August 2013.

England counted heavily on Anderson for the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia, but sadly he couldn’t do much. His side then ended up losing all five matches by big margins. But, Anderson made amends for the Ashes disaster with a great 2014 season at home against Sri Lanka and India. The best England fast bowler did his hardest to save the test series against Sri Lanka when he played for 55 balls and was out just before the end of game. He was named the Man of the Series for England. He subsequently carried on his excellent form against India, but he came under fire for England’s defeat there for failing to take advantage of a green-top surface at Lord’s. With 25 wickets, he was the leading wicket-taker and won another Man of the Series title. He bounced back brilliantly in the next three games and helped his side win the series 3-1. Anderson and Joe Root shared a record last-wicket partnership during the series against India; together, they added 198 runs, shattering the previous Test record by 35 runs.  He also registered the highest score for an England No. 11 when he went on to make 81.

Anderson was ruled off the Sri Lanka tour with a knee injury. However, he made a comeback in the tri-series in Australia, involving India as well. He will also lead the England attack in the 2015 World Cup campaign. On September 8, 2017, Anderson became the first England (6th overall) bowler to take 500 Test wickets. West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite became his 500th victim during the second innings of the Lord’s Test.

Future  perspective

Talking about the retirement plan of Jimmy, he has claimed 690 wickets till now. Maybe he will take retirement after claiming 700 test wickets. He may be targeting the next ashes, which have a very low chance as his performance is dipping and he will be nearly 43 by the next ashes, which will be in 2025/26 in Australia. His balling partner Stuart Broad has taken retirement, so after Anderson, it will be the end of an era.