London - England bowling great James Anderson believes if he
retains his form he could still be on the plane to Australia as he approaches
his 40th birthday for the 2021/22 Ashes series.
The 35-year-old - who will be spearheading England's attack
in the Ashes challenge Down Under later this year - is three away from reaching
the 500 wicket landmark.
It was expected Anderson would enter next week's third and
final Test with the West Indies with that figure already breached but even he
was powerless to prevent a sublime West Indies batting performance levelling
the series at 1-1 last week at Headingley.
Anderson, England's all-time leading wicket taker, says
being able to focus on the longer versions of the game, county cricket and Test
matches has probably improved his chances of extending his international
"I wouldn't rule it out, no," said the Lancashire
"I'm very fortunate to have the body I have. For a fast
bowler, not much stress goes through my body. A lot less than a lot of other
"It's just a case of looking after myself. If I can
keep fit, keep my speeds up, there's no reason why not.
"I don't know whether I've peaked but I think I'm
bowling as well as I have.
"I played here (at Lancashire) when Glen Chapple was 40
or 41 and he was as good as he ever was then.
"I know it's slightly different in county cricket but
for me, just playing Test cricket, not one-day cricket, there's no reason why I
can't extend my career a little bit."
Anderson, who has taken 30 wickets in six Tests this summer
coming at an average of 15.9 and a strike-rate of one wicket every 40 balls,
said even if the forthcoming Ashes tour went badly he would not quit
Spinner Graeme Swann did just that announcing his retirement
in the aftermath of Australia taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five Test
series on the 2013/14 tour Down Under - they went on to suffer a 5-0
"If we are 3-0 down I am not going to do a Swanny and
just do one!" said Anderson.
"I am not going there and thinking 'right if we don't
win this I am done'. We are going there because we want to try to win the
"That's as much as I am thinking about it. I think
about how I am going to play. How I am going to try to help the team win."