England legend Jimmy Anderson to retire from Test cricket this summer

England fast bowler James Anderson has announced via a personal statement today that he will retire from Test cricket after the first Test at Lord's against the West Indies this summer

England all-time great James Anderson to retire from Test cricket this summer

England seamer James Anderson has confirmed today via a personal statement that he will retire from Test cricket after the first Test of the summer against the West Indies at Lord’s starting on 10 July.

Anderson, 41, who made his Test debut at Lord’s in 2003 and has taken 700 wickets in 187 Tests - the most by any pace bowler in Test history, announced the following heartfelt statement on his social media platforms this morning.

“Hi everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test.

"It’s been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’m going to miss walking out for England so much. But I know the time is right to step aside and let others realise their dreams just like I got to, because there is no greater feeling.

"I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of Daniella, Lola, Ruby and my parents. A huge thank you to them. Also, thank you to the players and coaches who have made this the best job in the world.

"I’m excited for the new challenges that lie ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it’s always meant a lot, even if my face often doesn’t show it.

"See you at the Test,

"Go well,

"Jimmy x"

ECB Chair, Richard Thompson, added: “I don’t think we’ll ever see a bowler to match Jimmy again. It has been an honour as an England fan to watch him, and to marvel at his skill with the ball. 

“To still be bowling at the top of his game at 41 is remarkable, and he is a true inspiration and role model for peers and younger generations alike. 

“His final Test promises to be an emotional one, and having been there for his first Test in 2003, it will be an honour to watch his final one at Lord’s in July. 

“English cricket owes Jimmy Anderson a send-off like no other.”