Veteran pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have “set their sights” on next summer’s Ashes, according to England captain Ben Stokes. Both were dropped for England’s tour of the West Indies in March but returned to play key roles in Stokes’ side this summer, winning five of their six Tests.
Broad will turn 37 during the Ashes while Anderson will be around 41.
“I honestly just can’t see a point where they decide it’s time for them to part ways,” Stokes said.
Anderson and Broad, England’s leading wicket-taker, will line up for the deciding Test against South Africa at The Oval from Thursday.
Anderson has taken 24 wickets in Test cricket this summer at an average of 17.66, while Broad has taken 22 wickets at an average of 31.90.
“Jimmy came out and said how much fun he’s had and that Brady’s influence in the dressing room is the best I’ve ever seen him play with,” Stokes added.
“He’s had conversations not just with me but with the other bowlers about how he wants to help them and things like that, he’s taken it to another level.”
England will play just five Tests this winter – three in Pakistan in December and two in New Zealand in February.
Given the conditions in Pakistan, both Anderson and Broad may be used sparingly, or may not travel at all.
England will then play a Test against Ireland next summer before a bid to regain the Ashes from Australia in June and July.
If Anderson plays next summer, it will be 20 years since he made his Test debut against Zimbabwe at Lord’s in 2003. He took 664 wickets in 174 matches.
Broad made his debut in 2007 and has since taken 559 wickets in 158 caps.
“It’s great to see Jimmy at 40 and Brady at 36 have a new life in the dressing room and I honestly can’t tell you when that will be,” Stokes said.
“We’ve got the Ashes coming up next summer and I’m pretty sure they have their sights set on that.”
Why is Anderson not playing in IPL?
“My heart is with playing Test cricket for England. So that’s what I’ll be focusing on doing for the foreseeable future. There is little concern about doing so well in domestic T20 competitions. But talk to the players and the passion to play Test cricket is still there.
Is James Anderson retiring?
England fast bowler James Anderson has said retirement from cricket was the last thing on his mind, as he still wants to go into his 40s and “keep doing” what he does best. are