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Ashes 2021-22 LIVE: James Anderson lashes out at Michael Vaughan over retirement talks

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Ashes 2021-22 LIVE: James Anderson is one of the best fast bowlers in the world. Popularly tagged as ‘the king of swing’, England international Anderson has been a nightmare to most of the world-class batters.

The fact that he is still getting better like fine wine makes him a cut above the rest of the fast bowlers of his age. Anderson is the third-highest wicket-taker in the longest format of the game.

He is the leading wicket-taker in terms of pacers. The veteran pacer is below Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800 and Shane Warne’s 708 in Tests.

Earlier, he edged past Glenn McGrath’s 563 and Anil Kumble’s 619 to become the third leading wicket-taker in Tests. Anderson has played 169 matches in Tests.

Ashes 2021-22 LIVE: James Anderson lashes out at Michael Vaughan over retirement talks
Ashes 2021-22 LIVE: James Anderson lashes out at Michael Vaughan over retirement talks

Ever since announcing his arrival in 2003, he went on to become one of the greatest fast bowlers in the world. Overall, he has taken 640 wickets in Tests.

The veteran has taken 31 fifers and 2 ten-wicket hauls in red-ball cricket. He registered his best match bowling figures of 11/71. Anderson is part of the ongoing Ashes series against Australia.

Ashes 2021-22 LIVE: James Anderson slams Michael Vaughan over retirement talks

Ashes 2021-22 LIVE: James Anderson did not play the first Ashes Test against Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane. However, he turned up to play the next three games in the series. Although he took 8 wickets, it is pretty much low considering a player of his stature.

The veteran took just one wicket in the fourth Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Apart from that, he played out six dot balls against Steve Smith. As a result, England played out for a draw. Meanwhile, the veteran launched a scathing attack on Michael Vaughan over retirement talks. It all started when Michael Vaughan spoke about Anderson’s retirement talks earlier.

The former England captain said: “Managing Jimmy’s retirement is going to be key to this team moving forward. His future is the big elephant in the room. It is not about sacking Jimmy. It is about what is right for English cricket. The right thing is to transition but do it respectfully,” Anderson added.

In reply, James Anderson said: Anderson wrote in a column for the Daily Telegraph: “I read that my future is the ‘elephant in the room’. It is not the elephant in the room because the captain and coach know exactly what my thoughts are on it. “

“They have told me their thoughts too. They want me around and to carry on. As long as that is the case, it is not an elephant in any room. We are talking openly about it and I wrote last week that everyone’s future is in doubt.”

“It always happens when you get beaten heavily in an Ashes series. The ECB will look at everyone’s performance throughout the tour. In that respect, nobody is certain about their future whether it is the captain, coach, top six batsmen or the bowling attack. Everyone is under scrutiny.” he wrote in a column for the Daily Telegraph.

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