Premier English pacer James Anderson is just three wickets shy of getting 500 Test wickets, said he is not worrying about the milestone as long as England win. Anderson will become only the third fast bowler in the history of cricket to scalp 500 Test wickets after Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath.
“I am a bit of a believer in fate so if it’s meant to be this week, then it will happen,” Anderson said. The 33 year old is going to be first England bowler to reach the milestone.
“As long as we get the win I am not too fussed. I know I am talking about it but I really don’t want to think about it,” he said.
“I didn’t think I would play this much for England or get this many wickets,” said Anderson, “It is very surreal to think that I have achieved what I have achieved and I am thrilled that I have been able to play for so long and have the success I have had.”
Anderson also said he could not think of reaching the milestone even in the beginning of this summer, “I knew over seven Tests I’d have to bowl very well and everything would have to go my way to get near it,” said Anderson, “So to be as close as I am to it is somewhere I didn’t expect to be.”
Anderson made his debut for England in 21 years of age, grabbing a fifer in his inaugural Test match that was against Zimbabwe.