James Anderson looks to next challenge: ‘Can I reach 700? Why not?’

James Anderson looks set to be a Test cricketer for at least another 18 months after revealing the England management have asked him to play on until after the next Ashes series.

While there has been speculation at times this summer that Anderson, now aged 38, might consider retiring after he reached the milestone of 600 Test wickets, he insisted he has no such intentions.

Instead, he has reiterated his belief he still has plenty “to offer this [England] team” and suggested the 700-wicket mark may even be within his reach.

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Although rain prevented any play on the final day in Southampton until 4.15pm, Anderson became the first seamer in Test history to claim 600 wickets in his third over of the day and afterwards revealed he had already talked to England captain, Joe Root, about that Ashes tour.

“I’ve chatted to Joe about this a…

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