Veteran fast bowler James Anderson reckons the coronavirus-forced break may have just extended his international career by at most two years. Anderson has been battling fitness issues since the series opening Ashes Test last year. <p></p> <p></p>He could bowl only four overs during the first Test at Edgbaston before being ruled out of the entire five-match series in Auguts last year. The 37-year-old then made a successful return in South Africa but suffered a rib injury playing in just his second Test after recovering to be ruled out of the entire tour. <p></p> <p></p>However, the most prolific wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Test history is hopeful of prolonging his international career. <p></p> <p></p>"It could just add on a year or two at the end of my career," Anderson said on the latest <em>Tailenders</em> podcast. <p></p> <p></p>He is part of the 55-player group called up by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to resume outdoor training last week. <p></p> <p></p>"I've really enjoyed being back and as odd as it is just bowling into a net, with not many people around, it's still nice to be back and playing cricket. I bring all the kit myself - my bands and med balls to warm-up with - and I've got my own cricket balls which I don't normally have," Anderson explained his regimen amidst the coronavirus pandemic. <p></p> <p></p>"I have a quick lap round the outfield and then straight into the nets. I bowl a few overs and then get straight back in the car and go home. I got up to speed quite quickly. I'm off my full run up and I feel like I'm ready to play now. I need to just calm down a bit," he said. <p></p> <p></p>While ECB has delayed the start of their domestic season, they are still positive of hosting West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Ireland in the upcoming months. <p></p> <p></p>West Indies could become the first team to tour England after the coronavirus break with the first Test scheduled to get underway from July 8. <p></p> <p></p>"As players you are working towards the 8 July date as if it's going to happen but obviously each stage has to be ticked off by the government, most importantly, and secondly the ECB," he said. <p></p> <p></p>When cricket resumes, it will be played under strict health guidelines and in empty stadiums. <p></p> <p></p>There have been talks of creating an atmosphere through artificial crowd noise with Australian National Rugby League already introducing it into their matches. <p></p> <p></p>Anderson has backed the approach. <p></p> <p></p>"I've been watching the rugby league in Australia and I actually thought there was a crowd watching because they were playing crowd noise through the speaker in the stadium. I actually thought it worked. It was nice to have that sort of atmosphere even though there was no-one there," he said.