James Anderson is one of the highest-rated fast bowlers of the current generation. He has taken the most number of wickets by a fast bowler in Test cricket. However, he has not been at his best in recent times and has struggled to get going in the ongoing Ashes. Anderson has taken eight wickets in three matches at an average of 23.38.
Considering his recent form, former English captain Michael Vaughan suggested that the English team should move on from Anderson. He mentioned that England can’t become a force to reckon with if Anderson is there in the squad, adding that his future is the ‘big elephant in the room’. Vaughan further said that it is the right time for ECB to make the transition.
“Managing Jimmy’s retirement is going to be key to this team moving forward,” Vaughan said in his column for the Daily Telegraph. “His future is the big elephant in the room.”
Anderson replied to Vaughan through his column in the Daily Telegraph and wrote that the captain and the coach of the English team want him to carry on.
“I read that my future is the “elephant in the room”. It is not the elephant in the room because the captain and coach know exactly what my thoughts are on it,” Anderson wrote in his column.
“They have told me their thoughts too. They want me around and to carry on. As long as that is the case, it is not an elephant in any room.”
Anderson further said that ECB will evaluate the performance of each individual after the Ashes series and nobody, even the coach and the captain is safe. He added that he will continue to play for England if given an opportunity.
“The ECB will look at everyone’s performance throughout the tour. In that respect nobody is certain about their future whether it is the captain, coach, top six batsmen or the bowling attack. Everyone is under scrutiny.
“For me, if I have the chance to play I will do my best and keep having conversations. I will keep talking to whoever about my future. I feel I can still offer something to this team and hopefully I will get the chance to do so.”