British archer James Anderson has been determined that coronavirus will not end his illustrious career as he focuses on keeping fit by attending virtual training sessions by his teammates.
Anderson, 37, has 584 test wicks most used by any peace player in the history of the game, nearing the end of the playing days. But veteran Lancashire said that although there was no cricket to play until the end of May at the earliest, the idea of not professionally bowling again didn’t come to mind.
With Britain locked out of the coronavirus, Anderson is keeping in shape by practicing online with his teammates, including his companions Stuart Broad and Mark Wood.
A few of them are practicing together, he said. I practiced with Stuart Broad and Mark Wood yesterday. Anderson made his most recent of his 151 tests against South Africa in Cape Town in January before a broken rib finished his early tour. That came after a campaign of Ashes last year, in which he only subdued four people because of calf problems.
England has left Anderson to tour Sri Lanka recently, limited by coronavirus, in an attempt to get him fit for the British summer. To be injured again was a big disappointment, he said. But it was lucky that way it was a broken rib. If it’s a muscle injury, it will take longer to recover.
The cricket council in England and Wales last week delivered cricket to May 28 – just a week before the start of the first test against the West Indies.
Anderson believes that even if the return date is feasible, time can be tightened unless players can train outdoors in May. He was also wary of the prospect of matches being played behind closed doors, saying the game had to be played in front of fans.
Although he has long been a red ball expert, Anderson says he will be ready to play white ball cricket again, even in the new Hundred competition. Anderson has an ambassadorial role with Manchester Originals, one of the franchises, but without a contract.
Despite the frustration of becoming a cricketer during coronavirus locking, Anderson says it’s important to look at the bigger picture.