Anderson aiming for Ashes…in 2019


England fast bowler James Anderson has no plans to retire any time soon, despite being into his 30s, and says he has ambitions to keep playing Test cricket until the Ashes in 2019.

Anderson is England's leading Test wicket-taker, with more than 430 wickets, and feels he can make it to 500 if given enough time. This despite being increasingly quick to injure in recent months.

Anderson told The Telegraph UK: "In the back of my mind I think I can get 500 Test wickets.

"And what has helped me during the last three or four years has been thinking about staying as fit as possible so I get on the field.

"Then I can contribute to us winning games. If I do that and stay in the team it means I will get wickets.

"I would like to play the 2019 Ashes. I will be 37 then."

Like South Africa paceman Dale Steyn, his constant 'rival' in the media, Anderson is often asked about retirement, but he feels he's still well on top of his game and bowling well enough to be picked on performance rather than reputation.

He added: "You get to a certain age and people start saying, ‘Oh is he losing his pace?’ Where I am at the minute is I feel as fit as I have ever been.

"I feel I can still get it down the other end. I guess it is an extra incentive to keep going, to prove people wrong.

"You spend all your career trying to prove people wrong. It is the same now."