Evergreen Jimmy Anderson reveals he’s inspired by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Roger Federer as the 38-year-old gears up for a big test summer with England against New Zealand and India
- Jimmy Anderson succeeded in his career in England last year for 600 Test wickets
- He’s 38 now, but the bowler has absolutely no desire to slow down any time soon
- Anderson prepares for the English tests against India and New Zealand in 2021
English bowler Jimmy Anderson has underlined his desire to follow in the footsteps of Roger Federer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic by producing some of his best shows in the final stages of his career.
Anderson is now 38 and research is steadily increasing as to how much time England’s record wicket-taker has left in the Test arena.
But Anderson doesn’t harbor those thoughts at all as he gears up for another big summer with England, which will take on New Zealand and India.
Jimmy Anderson has his sights set on taking even more wickets for England this summer
Anderson, 38, said he takes inspiration from players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 39
‘It happens more in this country than in most other countries: you reach a certain age and people start to say that you should slow down or that you lose the opportunity to do your job. But I’m not sure that’s the case from my own experience, ”Anderson said The Guardian.
‘I have never had those thoughts that I have had enough or that it is getting too much.
“It’s probably because I never had the captain. With Cooky it all added up in the end. I go into every season and ask if I can handle it, but I started this year just as well as with the ball. There is no reason why I cannot continue.
And you take comfort in seeing people in other sports, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic getting another contract with Milan. [aged 39], Tom Brady wins his seventh Super Bowl at 43, Roger Federer  overcome injuries or Chris Thompson qualifies for the Olympic marathon at the age of 40. It makes you think: why should I start slowing down? ‘
Anderson also referred to Roger Federer as another player whose examples he admires
Anderson took his 600th Test wicket for England in the series against Pakistan last year and currently has 614 scalps to his credit.
Next in his sights on the all-time wicket list is legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble, who has five more wickets than Anderson at 619.
England’s first summer test kicks off next month on June 2 against New Zealand.