England’s leading wicket taker James Anderson has said that he will buy into whatever Joe Root wants from the team.
The 34 year old bowler also felt that he would have liked to be considered for the captaincy role, after Alastair Cook stepped down following a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of India. Anderson said,” I don't know if I'd have taken the captaincy but it would have been nice to have been considered for it. From a personal point of view I'd have seriously thought about it, but from the outside looking in I'd have thought: is this actually where the team needs to go - with a 34-year-old as captain? I don't know how long I'm going to keep going for and in the grand scheme of things it makes sense for a younger guy to do it.”
Anderson however extended full assistance and support to newly appointed Test captain Joe Root. He said that Root was clearly the best batsman we have right now and is a brilliant young talent. Anderson explained, “He’s dealt with anything that's been thrown at him so far and I think he'll cope with that in the same way. I will buy into whatever Joe wants from the team. If he wants me to change my bowling, I'll discuss it with him”
Anderson also expressed his desire to remain fit to play as many Tests as possible. He has not played a Test since facing India in Mumbai and his last ODI came against Afghanistan in 2015 World Cup. He recently led Lancashire on their tour to Dubai and needs to prove his fitness before facing Essex in the County championship match next Friday.
Anderson signed off saying, "I've had a frustrating 12 to 18 months with injury and I want to play as many games as I can. If I can play all the Test matches this summer then hopefully I hope I won't be far away. I've got a Lancashire shirt on and I'm thinking about that first Championship game against Essex. I'm not looking much further than that."