Anderson says he considered retiring after West Indies snub


England fast bowler James Anderson said he thought about retiring from cricket after being dropped for the tour of West Indies earlier this year, Reuters News Agency reported.

The 39-year-old and fellow veteran seamer Stuart Broad were controversially omitted from the three-match series in the Caribbean, which ended in a 1-0 defeat and saw Joe Root resign as captain.

New test skipper Ben Stokes has said the two fast bowlers would always be in the playing 11 if fit but being axed from the squad had left Anderson wondering if he should call it a day.

“I definitely questioned it,” he told reporters at an event in Leicester.

“I asked myself, ‘do I want to carry on?’ And you do start questioning other things when something like that happens.

Is it something that I’ve done around the group?”

Anderson, who is England’s leading test wicket-taker with 640 victims, said that after he had time to reflect on the situation he realised he wanted to continue playing.

“I think the longer time went on the more I just wanted to play,” he added.

“I talked it through with my family and they saw it as I did …

I’ve still got more to give the game whether it is Lancashire or England.”

Anderson also said he had not fallen out with Root.

“I spoke to him before he announced that he was stepping down.

So there’s still a huge amount of respect between the two of us, and there’s no animosity.”