Anderson: I’m still getting better


Published: Sunday 19th April 2015 by The News Editor

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England’s new record wicket-taker James Anderson has promised there is more to come as he believes he is still improving as a bowler.

Anderson induced an edge from West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin on the final day of the first Test in Antigua for his 384th Test scalp on Friday, breaking Sir Ian Botham’s record which had stood for 23 years.

Anderson, 32, broke the record in the same match which saw him collect his landmark 100th cap for England, although there was disappointment as England could not force a victory.

In his column in the Sun on Sunday, Anderson wrote: “I am convinced I can still improve as a bowler and take plenty more wickets for England.”

He added: “There is no way I am going to rest on my laurels and enter cruise control just because I have the record. I’m going to work damn hard to try to get better.

“I can definitely improve, I can learn more tricks. For example, the leg-cutter with which I took my record 384th wicket was delivery I learned from Stuart Broad as recently as the World Cup.”

Anderson said he had no intention of setting himself targets in terms of either Tests played or wickets taken for England because “I don’t want to put limits on anything” but said he is learning to pace himself in order to be able to play more regularly.

“I feel fit enough and strong enough to bowl in the high-80s if I need to but I’m also sensible enough to realise you can’t do it all the time,” he said.

“I’m quite relieved the record is out of the way and I can concentrate on doing my job for the rest of the series.”

Published: Sunday 19th April 2015 by The News Editor

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