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James Anderson, Stuart Broad set sights on 'farewell' Ashes series in Australia
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James Anderson, Stuart Broad set sights on 'farewell' Ashes series in Australia

James Anderson and Stuart Broad have targetted the Ashes series in Australia next year as the assignment following which they will consider retirement.

The two pacers hold an esteemed status in English cricket and are comfortably placed on the top two positions in the country's list of all-time Test wicket-takers.

Their formidable bowling partnership and longevity through the years has been the undoing of many opposing batters but both individuals are now entering the twilight of their respective careers.

Anderson's appearances in Tests have become quite sporadic over the past 12 months owing to a series of injury woes.

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Broad does not believe he has Anderson's stamina to cope with the gruelling requirements of Test cricket and continue competing at the highest level.

With their imminent exit from the England team in sight, both are looking forward to excelling in a farewell Ashes series in 2021/22.

"I don't think I could go until your age. Your action's so smooth, it looks a lot calmer on your body whereas mine is a little more forceful through my body I think," Broad told Anderson in an Instagram Live session.

"I'd never want to get to that place where I'm bowling against a 19-year-old and they're going, 'I thought someone said he used to be a good bowler'. I'd hate that. I'd prefer to go that little bit earlier than that little bit later.

"But I'm loving the environment at the minute. I love playing for England.

"I still have huge motivation to keep playing and you just assess that year by year. And we've got that carrot dangling over us of Australia in Australia which looks like an achievable carrot to grab."

Australia managed to retain the prized Ashes urn after their drawn series in England last year, where Anderson could bowl only a handful of overs before limping off the field and could not take any further part across the five games.

The 37-year-old seamer sees the challenge of performing away from home feeding into his hunger to help his team triumph over the old rivals in their next series of Test encounters.

"The big thing is standards. If your standards feel like they're dropping then yeah you might consider finishing," Anderson said.

"But as long as my standards stay high, my fitness levels stay good and my skills stay where I want them to be and my speed stays pretty good which they have been (I'll keep playing).

"We've got an exciting team and a few young guys who are just starting out on their journey, we've got some more established guys and we've got two guys who have been around a long time."

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