” Why not? Anderson replied, when asked if 700 wickets were now possible. “I still love showing up for training every day, playing on tough sites and being in the dressing room with the guys trying to forge a win for England. That’s all I’m worried about. I don’t think I’ve won my last test matches as an English cricketer yet.
“I did not think of [the next Ashes series] in this detail. But to be honest I had a bit of a chat with Joe Root about this and he said he would like me to be in Australia. I don’t see any reason why I can’t.
“I didn’t play as well as I would have liked all summer, but this test match, I was really there and I feel like I still have things to offer this team. As long as I still feel like this, I think I will continue.
“There will be decisions along the way with the coaches, the coach and the captain on how the team is going. But as long as they want me, I will continue to work hard and try to prove that I am good enough to play on this team.
Anderson picked up his 29th run from five wickets in the opening innings of the third draw, but saw his walk to 600 slow down by four bowling catches. That left him “hoping and praying” that the ball would stay in Root’s hands on the slip when, out of 599 try wickets, he found the edge of Azhar Ali’s bat.
That golden moment, at 4:36 p.m. on the final day, left Anderson feeling “a little emotional,” including sharing it with two longtime teammates at Root and Stuart Broad. “I had the chance to be on the ground for [Broad’s] 500th wicket this summer and that meant a lot to both of us, ”he said.
Anderson revealed that as the senior statesman in the locker room he became the butt of jokes and admitted to regretting past haircuts while watching a montage of his defining moments. Part of the drive to keep going is working with young bowlers and watching the success of others, with Zak Crawley – just five when Anderson made his test debut in 2003 – an example after his 267 in the firsts. sleeves.
Root, speaking after England’s second series victory this summer, said: “Jimmy is a class act. He may appear cranky but what you see on the pitch is not necessarily him as a person or a member of the team. He is very caring and wants everyone to be successful; he shares his experience and knowledge about the game. ”
Asked about Crawley, who was the player of the match, Root said: “You look at how he works, you would think he’s 40, but he’s 22. The maturity was fabulous and it was smart to counter the different styles of bowling. For such a young man to play in this way shows great concentration and skill. Hope this can be the start of something really special.
On the whole of the Summer Test, the England captain said: “I have always been grateful that I could play cricket for a living, but it really hit home this summer. At first, not playing a game was a scare. So for us to sit here after winning two series, we’re grateful to everyone who created the bubble, as well as Pakistan and the West Indies for coming.