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Cricket Icon James Anderson Announces Retirement from International Cricket

London: James Anderson, one of cricket’s most celebrated pace bowlers, has announced his retirement from international cricket after England’s first Test of the summer at Lord’s, against West Indies. This announcement brings an end to a legendary career that began 21 years ago and has left an indelible mark on the sport.

Anderson, who will turn 42 in July, made his Test debut at Lord’s in 2003 against Zimbabwe. Since then, he has achieved numerous milestones, becoming the leading wicket-taker among pace bowlers in Test history with 700 wickets. His eventual tally of 188 Test caps will be the second-most in Test history, with only Sachin Tendulkar ahead of him on 200.

In a heartfelt social media post, Anderson confirmed his decision to retire from international cricket. “Hi everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test,” Anderson wrote on Instagram. “It’s been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I’ve loved since I was a kid.”

Anderson expressed gratitude to his family and the cricketing fraternity for their support throughout his illustrious career. “I’m going to miss walking out for England so much. But I know the time is right to step aside and let others realize their dreams just like I got to, because there is no greater feeling,” he added.

While bidding farewell to international cricket, Anderson also hinted at continuing his playing career with Lancashire. “I’m excited for the new challenges that lie ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf,” he said.

At 41, Anderson has played Test cricket for over two decades, leaving an enduring legacy as one of the greatest bowlers the format has ever seen. His contribution to the sport will be remembered for generations to come, and his retirement marks the end of an era in English cricket.

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