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James Anderson targets five more years with England

James Anderson targets five more years with England
James Anderson will be determined to secure a win for England in the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah and level the series.
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England fast bowler James Anderson is hoping to play for another five years for his national team before hanging up his boots.

Anderson, who is the only England bowler to have crossed the 400-wicket mark in Tests, has featured in 109 games thus far with 18 five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket hauls.

The 33-year-old played a significant role in England's recent Ashes win in Birmingham with a six-wicket haul to his name.

Even in unresponsive pitches in the United Arab Emirates of the ongoing Test series against Pakistan., Anderson has been posing a threat to the batsmen with the new ball.

Despite being dodged by a recent groin injury which forced him to miss the fourth and fifth Ashes Tests, Anderson revealed that he is "fit and strong" enough to carry for another five years.

“I think I’m noticing the quality of beds more now, and how my back pulls up after a dodgy night’s sleep,” Anderson was quoted as saying in www.ecb.co.uk.

“People keep mentioning the age, and everything, so you do think about it.

“(But) I feel fit and strong – and I’m really enjoying it.

“I’m loving it at the minute, loving bowling, loving playing, enjoying taking wickets and the challenges we’ve got ahead.

“Why can’t I play for another five years? I’m going to keep going till my body can’t take any more.”

After losing the second Test to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, the Lancashire fast bowler will have an uphill task of bowling England to victory in the third Test in Sharjah to level the series.

Having bowled 67 overs in the series thus far and managing only seven wickets, Anderson admits it (to bowl out teams cheaply) won't be an easy task, considering the batting friendly conditions of Sharjah.

"It's (Sharjah) renowned for being the flatter of the three," Anderson said.

"Our stat man was very kind to put a few things up on the wall about seam movement and swing percentages at the start of the series - and Sharjah was three percent seam movement, which was pretty depressing from a bowler's point of view.

"So if I bowled 100 balls, three of them would seam."

Despite being six down at the end of the first session on the fifth day of the Dubai Test, England's lower order led by Adil Rashid showed a lot of resilience stretching the game to the final hour.

However, a lapse of concentration from Rashid, saw the Yorkshire all-rounder, chip a Yasir Shah delivery straight to Zulfiqur Babar at covers, handing a 178-run victory to Pakistan.

Anderson admitted that the loss was disappointing, but he was very proud with the fight England showed on the final day.

"It is pretty brutal," said Anderson.

"We've played nine good days of cricket and one horrendous session when we shot ourselves in the foot. That has put us in this position where we are 1-0 down.

"[But] we still feel quite positive - because we've played some good cricket, and it could be 1-1 or 1-0 to us in different circumstances."

The Third and final Test between England and Pakistan is scheduled to begin on 1st November in Sharjah.

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