ENG vs WI: Ben Stokes Wants James Anderson To Take All 20 Wickets In His Farewell Test

England Test captain Ben Stokes hailed James Anderson ahead of his 188th and the last Test match, which will take place at Lord’s against West Indies, starting July 10th

England Test captain Ben Stokes hailed James Anderson ahead of his 188th and the last Test match, which will take place at Lord’s against West Indies, starting July 10th. James Anderson is all set to create history as has an outstanding opportunity to overtake Shane Warne and become the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket.

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Ben Stokes Wants James Anderson To Take All 20 Wickets In His Farewell Test

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Shane Warne has 708 wickets under his name while James Anderson has 700 wickets under his name. The England bowler only needs nine wickets to get past Shane Warne and he has received strong backing from his captain Stokes to create history.

Stokes also claimed that James Anderson, who will soon turn 42, is still good enough to play Test cricket, however, it was the Team management who decided to bring a change in the Team keeping Ashes 2025 in mind, enforcing Anderson to take this decision.

Talking to The Telegraph, Stokes said: “I hope he takes all 20 wickets if I’m being honest. I listened to Stuart (Broad) talk about his retirement and wanting to go out on top and there was one thing he said that even made me think about when the time comes for me to go. He said: ‘I didn’t want a new player to come in and go I thought Stuart Broad was meant to be good. I thought: ‘Yeah, that is a good thing to think about.”

"Not Really Got A Choice..." - James Anderson On His Decision To Retire At 41

He added: “Jimmy’s skillset is obviously still good enough for international cricket. But we have to make big decisions and we have got the Ashes to think about in 18 months’ time. Nobody will ever say, ‘Oh is that Jimmy Anderson? I thought he was meant to be good’ because he is still incredible.”

James Anderson had a rough time during the Ashes 2023 when he managed to pick only 5 wickets in four matches at an average of 85.40. Anderson’s performance pushed team management to take this decision.