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James Anderson’s England Retirement: Stuart Broad Praises ‘Complete and Skilful’ Bowler

James Anderson's England Retirement: Stuart Broad Praises 'Complete and Skilful' Bowler

Stuart Broad on James Anderson: “If you asked him about his career highlights, he probably wouldn’t mention bowling spells or taking five-fors, but the moments in the changing room after winning a game.” Watch Anderson’s 188th and final Test live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10am Wednesday.

As James Anderson bids farewell to Test cricket at Lord’s, his long-time bowling partner Stuart Broad reflects on Anderson’s remarkable career and what makes him one of the greatest.

Jimmy is set for an amazing send-off, regardless of his performance against the West Indies this week. There is no pressure on him; even if he doesn’t take any wickets, everyone will be thrilled to see him display his skill. Anderson has had memorable moments at Lord’s, including his 500th Test wicket, and he’s coming off a seven-for for Lancashire, so he’s in good rhythm.

Anderson’s best performance, according to Broad, was the 2013 Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. He took 10 wickets in the match, helping England win by 14 runs. Broad describes Anderson as the most skilful and complete bowler he has played with, comparing him to a Rolls Royce in terms of his smooth run-up and control.

Anderson’s longevity is attributed to his mindset of continual improvement and his ability to stay fit and manage niggles. Broad believes Anderson is still in England’s best team, especially for home series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka, where the moving ball suits his style.

However, the team management is looking ahead to the 2025/26 Ashes in Australia and needs to give exposure to other bowlers to see if they can handle Test match pressures. Players like Gus Atkinson and Dillon Pennington are being looked at for their potential.

Anderson will continue to guide the team as a bowling mentor for the rest of the summer, and his lifestyle won’t change drastically, apart from not bowling in matches. Broad notes that Anderson’s highlights are the moments of celebration in the changing room after a Test win.

A dream scenario for Anderson’s farewell would be taking five wickets, England winning the Test, and then celebrating England’s footballers winning the Euros.

Watch the first Test between England and the West Indies live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10am on Wednesday (11am first ball).

Credit: Sky Sports

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