The all-time leading wicket-taker for England in Tests and ODIs was given this honour on Thursday, just a day before the fourth and final Test between England and South Africa at Old Trafford.
The Pavilion End at Lancashire’s Manchester headquarters will now be known officially as The James Anderson End. Anderson will be bowling from this end in the fourth Test.
The 35-year-old was surprised at this honourary gesture from his county club Lancashire. He spent at this club throughout his career. He hopes to achieve many more records.
“I’m blown away, really, by the gesture from the club,” he told reporters.
“I can’t quite believe it has happened. It is something that usually happens when people have stopped playing or are further down the line. So to have this happen when I’m still playing and potentially bowling from that end in the game, is a bit surreal.
“I don’t like looking back on my career too much because I am still playing and I still have things I want to achieve, personally and with this team,” he added.
Anderson has taken 480 wickets in 125 Test matches (234 innings) for England. Recently, he completed 300 wickets landmark in England. He hasn’t played ODIs since 2015 World Cup but has 269 wickets to his name in 194 games (191 innings).
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com