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Anderson considers vegan diet in a bid to prolong his career
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Anderson considers vegan diet in a bid to prolong his career

James Anderson said he is willing to try a vegan diet if that ensures he continues to compete at the highest level and returns to the No. 1 spot in the bowling rankings.

Anderson could contribute only four overs in England's Ashes campaign after being forced to withdraw on the opening morning of the first Test at Edgbaston.

He has since been ruled out of the cricket action due to a calf injury although he turned out for Lancashire second XI in their match against Durham second XI.

The period of inactivity means England's leading wicket-taker has dropped to sixth in the ICC Test bowler rankings.

But Anderson is adamant at regaining full fitness and believes in his abilities to overtake Australia paceman Pat Cummins to reach the top of the Test standings once again.

"I've still got a real hunger and desire to play cricket. I still love the game and still feel like I can be the best bowler in the world," he said.

"When I start this rehab, I'm going to try and investigate every possible avenue of what do I need to do at my age to keep myself in good shape.

"I feel as fit as I ever have, it's just the calf keeps twanging. So I'm going to look at every possible thing I can to make sure I can play for as long as possible.

"I'll look at how other sportspeople have done it throughout their careers to keep going into their late 30s."

Anderson stated he is in the midst of weighing up different options and changes in lifestyle patterns that could extend his England career.

"Whether there's anything specific I can do, diet, gym programme, supplements, whatever it might be."

When asked whether he would opt for a vegan diet, an approach previously taken by the likes of Venus Williams, Lewis Hamilton, and Jermain Defoe, Anderson replied he was open to experimentation.

"I'm open-minded. I'll give anything a go if it prolongs my career. I actually have chatted that through with my wife, but she's not keen!"