James Anderson hopes for career extension: The legendary English player hopes to extend his career by a year or two due to the ongoing break.
Veteran England pacer James Anderson has supported the idea of generating spectators’s noise artificially in a stadium to improve the experience of playing behind closed doors amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the Tailenders podcast, Anderson cited the example of how the National Rugby League in Australia is successfully experimenting with artificial noise to create a favorable environment for the players.
“I’ve been watching the rugby league in Australia and I actually thought there was a crowd watching. I thought it worked. It was nice to have that sort of atmosphere even though there was no one there,” Anderson was quoted as saying.
Apart from Anderson, former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, fast bowler Pat Cummins and batsman Usman Khawaja, veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh, Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq and veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor have all been vocal about playing top-level cricket without spectators.
James Anderson hopes for career extension
Anderson, 37, who last played for England during the tour of South Africa earlier this year, has been deeply affected by injuries in the last two years. With 584 Test wickets to his name, Anderson is the highest wicket-taker among fast bowlers in the format.
Having resumed training post the novel COVID-19 break, the Lancashire seamer hoped for the break to extend his international career by a year or two as he in closing distance of becoming the first fast bowler to pick 600 Test wickets.
“The break could just add on a year or two at the end of my career. I’ve really enjoyed being back and as odd as it is just bowling into a net with not many people around, it’s still nice to be back and playing cricket,” Anderson said.
Had it not been for the coronavirus outbreak, Anderson would have played against West Indies at home this month. Citing the global crisis, the tour got delayed but not appears highly likely to begin next month.