'Want To Win That Urn Back': Ben Stokes Reveals Why England Decided To Move On From James Anderson

James Anderson is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker with 700 Test scalps. Anderson will retire from international career on 188 caps and ahead of his farewell Test, skipper Ben Stokes revealed why England team management decided to move on from the veteran pacer. The 41-year-old currently stands third among the highest wicket-takers in the longest format of the game.
James Anderson is set to retire

James Anderson is set to retire

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • James Anderson is all set to retire from international cricket
  • Anderson is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker
  • Ben Stokes reveals why England decided to move on from Anderson
James Anderson is all set to play the final Test of his legendary international career when England take on the West Indies in the series opener at the Lord’s, starting on July 10, who is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker with 700 Test scalps, will bow out on 188 caps.
Notably, the 41-year-old pacer is retiring from international cricket after England team management consisting Test skipper Ben Stokes, head coach Brendon McCullum and director of cricket Rob Key told him they want to move on to younger pace bowlers with a view to the next Ashes tour to Australia in 2025-26.
Ahead of Anderson's farewell, the England Test captain said they want to be in the best possible position to win back the Ashes from Australia next winter.
"You look at how long it's been since we've played a Test match, I think it's been five months. When you have a lot of time off, you've got a lot of time to think about how you can take the team forward," Stokes was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"I've been captain now for two years, so for me it's about progressing this team. We've been a team, especially the first two years, we've been very focused on the here and now of what we need to do, whereas two years is a long time for something to be fine then. But for me, I want to be able to implement stuff to push this team as far as they can go, not only as a team collective but also as individuals.
"And you look at where we've got to go in 18 months' time, to Australia. We want to win that urn back.
We've got an incredibly talented and exciting group of bowlers coming through at the moment, so giving them the experience of playing international cricket, getting Test matches under their belt, will put us in a much stronger position to hopefully go out to Australia and win the Ashes," he added.
Gus Atkinson will make his Test debut at Lord's, while Dillon Pennington and Matthew Potts will be in contention to replace Anderson at Trent Bridge next week when the three-match series continues.
The star all-rounder also revealed that Anderson is "very excited" at the prospect of remaining with England as part of the Test squad's backroom staff following his retirement.
"He's an amazing bowler. There's no doubt that he could still go out there and play Test cricket, because he is good enough. But when we spoke with Jimmy, we laid it out with him and gave him reasons and he totally understood it," said Stokes.
"It's obviously a very hard thing for someone like Jimmy to have to listen to. But as well, I think the role in which we see him falling into after this week, about still being in the dressing room and helping all of our bowlers, he's very, very excited by as well.
This week will all be about Jimmy, and rightly so, but I can tell you his main focus is about going out there, taking wickets and trying to win this game for England as much as he can. I'm sure when we're done here this week, that's when everything else will take over, but he's desperate to go out there and still put in a winning performance for England," he added.
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