James Anderson (l) and Stuart Broad (r)    Getty Images
James Anderson (l) and Stuart Broad (r) Getty Images

James Anderson, who started his England career 14 years ago, now finds him neighbouring a historic landmark. Anderson could become only the third fast-bowler after Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath to 500-wicket tally, currently on 497. With third and final Test against West Indies just a day away, Anderson would be praying to get past this magical figure as soon as possible.

Anderson opened up about his future and his longevity in the game. As per a report published in Cricbuzz, Anderson said, “I am a bit of a believer in fate so if it’s meant to be this week, then it will happen. As long as we get the win I am not too fussed. I know I am talking about it but I really don’t want to think about it.”

Anderson, who started the English international season with 467 wickets, has taken 30 wickets in six at an average of 15.89. Speaking on this, Anderson stated, “Five hundred wasn’t on my mind at the start of the summer. I knew over seven Tests I’d have to bowl very well and everything would have to go my way to get near it. So to be as close as I am to it is somewhere I didn’t expect to be.”

With ambitions of playing further beyond The Ashes 2019, Anderson clarified, “Me and Stuart could probably finish off our careers without a bowling coach in the side. It is very important for the guys coming through and it is important it is someone who can prepare them for playing Test cricket.”

England s current bowling coach Ottis Gibson will join South Africa next month as head-coach.