England paceman James Anderson has no intention of following good friend Graeme Swann into retirement and said there were other “big characters” in the dressing room to compensate for the loss of the banter-loving spinner.
“I’d like to carry on playing for a bit, yeah,” the 31-year-old paceman told reporters after capturing 3-50 to help put Australia on the ropes at 164-9 after day two of the fourth Ashes Test.
“Just because Graeme (Swann’s) gone I have other friends in the team. I am really enjoying being part of this team. It’s been a disappointing tour and I know we have a lot more to show people in our dressing room and I want to be part of it,” he said.
Off-spinner Swann, 34, announced his shock retirement from international and first-class cricket midway through the Ashes series days after England had surrendered the coveted urn.
“(Swann) was a big character in our dressing room, but we have other big characters there as well. As harsh as it sounds, he’s been a good friend, but we’ve got to move on and we want to get something out of this test match and the next test match.”
Despite enjoying his most rewarding day of the series, and coming off a punishing test in Perth where the Australian batsmen took to his bowling with relish, Anderson was underwhelmed by his own performance. “I felt terrible today. I didn’t have any rhythm,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll make a lot of the highlights for the wickets, but I felt really frustrated at times.
“I thought the other guys bowled brilliantly - Broady especially. So hopefully tomorrow we can finish them off quickly,” he said.