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England great James Anderson announces retirement, to play final match against Windies

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LONDON: England legend James Anderson has announced his retirement after a career spanning two decades. In a post on Instagram, 41-year-old pacer announced that the first Test match of the series against the West Indies at the famous Lord's would be his last international match.

Anderson made his debut against Zimbabwe 21 years ago on May 22, 2003. He holds the record of becoming only the third player to take 700 wickets in Test cricket and also the first fast bowler to achieve this feat.

He was in the England team for last year's Ashes series and the five-match series in India earlier this year, but failed to perform well.

This could be the reason for his retirement decision.

A post shared by James Anderson (@jimmya9)

Anderson has taken 149 wickets in 39 Tests against India. 104 of these wickets were in England. Anderson needs nine more wickets to overtake the late legend Shane Warne to become the second-highest wicket-taker of all time in Test cricket.

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