Steve Harmison believes James Anderson could retire at the end of England’s Test series against India
Former England fast bowler Steve Harmison has made the bold prediction that James Anderson will retire after the final Test of the summer against India.
Anderson is currently 39 and has showed no signs of slowing down, picking up 30 wickets at an average of 20.96 this year and 13 wickets at an average of 19.23 in the ongoing series against India.
However, with this winter’s Ashes series in doubt and the final Test of the summer being played at Anderson’s home ground of Old Trafford, Harmison believes it would be the perfect time for Anderson to bow out.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “I’ve got a funny feeling, I don’t know what it is, but I really have got a funny feeling that Jimmy Anderson will retire at the end of Old Trafford.
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“I’ve said this for a while now, I’ve got a funny feeling Jimmy Anderson might just retire at the end of this summer.
“I don’t think the Ashes will either go ahead or go ahead in such a way and I think Jimmy might just look at this and go ‘you know what, if I go to The Oval and bowl well and then I’ve got Old Trafford at the end, my illustrious career couldn’t get any better than to finish by knocking Virat Kohli over from the end I bowl at, which is named after me, and there’s potentially no Ashes in six months time.
“‘Why would I want to continue playing for another year and finish at The Oval next summer when it peters out. Do I go out on a high, the way I’ve performed this summer?’
“If I was Jimmy Anderson, I’d be [thinking] ‘I don’t think this can go any better.'”
However, speaking before the start of the India series, Anderson shut down any suggestion that it could be his last.
He said: “Absolutely not! I feel like I’m bowling as well as ever. I feel great physically and I’m just looking forward to the series against India and I will look at everything else once we’ve got past this.
“Something I’ve done really well throughout my career is focusing on what’s happening right now and right now, I feel like I’m bowling as well as I ever have and I’m looking forward to the series.”