Anderson next eyes on reaching 700 wickets

Veteran England bowler James Anderson feels he still has the fire in his belly to think about playing in another overseas Ashes series and target taking 700 wickets. Anderson became the first fast bowler to bag 600 wickets in red-ball cricket. He achieved the feat after he dismissed Pakistan, captain Azhar Ali, on Day 5 of the third Test which ended in a draw at the Ages Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday.

Anderson is now the fourth highest wicket-taker of all time in Test cricket behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619). Among seamers, he is followed by Glenn McGrath (563), Courtney Walsh (519) and his fellow countryman Stuart Broad (514).

He is now eyeing to play the Ashes tour to Australia next year. Speaking to Sky Sports Anderson said his captain Joe Root expressed his desire for the paceman to be in Australia for the Ashes and he is happy to be a part of it.

He further added that he absolutely loves playing Test cricket and that there is no better feeling than putting the boots on, going out to the field and does what he loves doing. Anderson also shed some light on struggles during the summer regarding his rhythm and that now he is much better.

England does not have any more Test matches for months and Anderson is hopeful of keeping his form and stay fit and be ready for the next Test.

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