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Anderson 'not finished yet' after breaking Test record

AFP  |  London 

says he has no plans to hang up his boots yet after overtaking to become the most prolific fast bowler in Test history as the Australian challenged the Englishman to reach 600 wickets.

Anderson went past McGrath's tally of 563 wickets when he knocked out Mohammed Shami's middle stump as England bowled out for 345 to seal a 4-1 series victory at the Oval on Tuesday.

The Lancashire swing bowler, with 564 scalps, now trails just the spin trio of Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Australia's (708) and India's (619) in the all-time list.

The 36-year-old downplayed his personal achievement, saying he was more focused on helping England win the final match of the series.

"When I sit down at the end of my career, when I finish, it will mean a hell of a lot to me to be able to see what I've achieved," he said.

"But right now it's hard when you put all your into the present and trying to perform well for England. That's all I really focus on."

Anderson is three years older than his great friend Alastair Cook, who retired from Test after the match at the Oval but has no immediate plans to quit.

When asked how long he would go on, Anderson, who no longer plays one-day for England, said: "I don't really think about it. I think I play my best when I focus on what's ahead of me, the next game, the next series, whatever it is."


"I read something that said," he added. "He went into the 2006 Ashes with no intention of retiring and then by the end of it he thought his time was up. That could happen to me. Who knows? I don't like looking too far ahead.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 18:20 IST
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