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Anderson puts retirement on the back burners

12th March 2019, 08:41 by James Mason

England and Lancashire quick James Anderson says he has no plans to stop playing cricket anytime soon.

Anderson continues to be a mainstay in England's Test side and he is the fourth highest wicket-taker of all time in the longest format of the game with 575 scalps, behind only spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).

The Burnley-born star is set to play a huge part in the Ashes, with the first Test getting underway at Edgbaston on August 1, as the hosts look to reclaim the Urn from Australia's grasp.

Anderson turns 37 on July 30, two days before the opener in Birmingham, but he insists he has no thoughts of retiring right now and is feeling the best he has for some time.

"I feel as good as I ever have," he told Sky Sports. "With me not playing one-day cricket over the last few years, it gives me that extra time to work on my fitness and stay fresh. I never really look too far ahead but I have no plans to finish up anytime soon.

"I will take it series by series and see what happens."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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