Having undeniably solidified his place among cricket’s greats, England fans love Jimmy Anderson. But according to Steve Harmison, they don’t have much time left to enjoy him.
Born in Burnley, the icon showed immense potential from a young age, developing a talent for his swing bowling. Subsequently, he featured in England and Wales Cricket Board’s greatest all-time Test XI. And despite his advancing age, he still holds the accolade of being the number one Test bowler in the world as per ICC Men’s Player Rankings.
On June 16, the legend will look to further cement his legacy, by attempting to pick up his fifth Ashes title.
But according to his old teammate, it could all end in an instant.
Steve Harmison fears for Jimmy Anderson ahead of the 2023 Ashes
Speaking to Online Cricket Betting, Harmison said: “It’s always a concern. Jimmy is always one injury away from being finished. Unfortunately for Jimmy, he’s 40 years old. I still can’t believe he’s still playing. He’s an amazing character, an amazing man, had an unbelievable career, the very best of all time for me when it comes to the seam bowling department, and that’s no mean feat with the bowlers that have played in the history of the game.
“However, I worry about his longevity. His skill level is still there, but it will be a concern. It will be a concern for Jimmy because he knows that this probably is his last Ashes. He’ll want to go out winning, and the best way to do that is to be fully fit, and if you’re not fully fit then there’s always that niggling doubt, and because of the age he’s at, you’re one side strain, or a hamstring injury, groin injury, six weeks out, eight weeks out, and your career is over.
“I hope, not just for Jimmy’s sake, but for cricket’s sake, that Jimmy gets to play at some point at The Oval at the end of this summer. Then he’s got a decision to make, but fingers crossed he stays fit until then because he’s still one of our prized assets. I still think if England win the Ashes, Jimmy Anderson will have had a huge part to play in it.”
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