Cricket legend James Anderson of England makes big retirement announcement

41-year-old "Jimmy" Anderson is the most successful pace bowler in test history

james-anderson-600-wickets-ap [FILE] England’s James Anderson holds up the ball to celebrate his 600th Test wicket on the fifth day of the third Test against Pakistan in Southampton | AP

England seam-bowling legend James Anderson will retire from Test cricket after the first test against West Indies at Lord's in July. The news was broken by the swing-bowling patriarch himself on Saturday.

41-year-old "Jimmy" Anderson is the most successful pace bowler in test history with 700 wickets, behind only Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Australia's Shane Warne (708) on the all-time list.

"It's been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I've loved since I was a kid. I'm going to miss walking out for England so much," Anderson said in a statement."But I know the time is right to step aside and let others realise their dreams just like I got to, because there is no greater feeling," he said.

England's first test against West Indies takes place from July 10-14. 

Anderson's announcement comes after England red-ball coach Brendon McCullum conveyed to the seamer that they are looking at the future, with an eye on the Ashes 2025-26 in Australia.

Anderson made his Test debut back in 2003 and has since claimed a remarkable 700 wickets in 187 Test matches. He currently ranks third on the all-time list of Test wicket-takers, trailing behind spinners Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka and Australia's Shane Warne.

However, whether Anderson will continue playing for his county side Lancashire remains unclear.

"I couldn't have done it without the love and support of Daniella, Lola, Ruby and my parents. A huge thank you to them. Also, thank you to the players and coaches who have made this the best job in the world."

"Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it's always meant a lot, even if my face often doesn't show it. See you at the Test, Go well Jimmy x," Anderson wrote.

- With PTI inputs

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