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Former captain of South Africa AB de Villiers has extended his best wishes to England’s veteran pacer James Anderson, who is set to retire from international cricket this summer.

41-year-old Anderson will play his last Test match against West Indies at the iconic Lord’s, the same venue where he made his debut 21 years ago against Zimbabwe.

AB de Villiers took to his official X account and sent his heartfelt wishes to the legendary pace bowler.

“Congrats on an incredible career, Jimmy. Always enjoyed our battles on the field. And the fierce competitive spirit you brought to the table throughout those 20 glorious years. Wishing you the best for that final Test at Lord’s, and the next chapter,” De Villiers posted.

Anderson announced the decision to hang up his boots yesterday through a personal statement on his official Instagram account.

“Hi everyone. Just a note to say that the first Test of the summer at Lord’s will be my last Test,” Anderson wrote.

“It’s been an incredible 20 years representing my country, playing the game I’ve loved since I was a kid.

“I’m going to miss walking out for England so much. But I know the time is right to step aside and let others realise their dreams just like I got to, because there is no greater feeling.


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“I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of Daniella, Lola, Ruby and my parents. A huge thank you to them. Also, thank you to the players and coaches who have made this the best job in the world.

“I’m excited for the new challenges that lie ahead, as well as filling my days with even more golf.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, it’s always meant a lot, even if my face often doesn’t show it. See you at the Test, go well.”

James Anderson is the only pacer in history to take 700 Test wickets. He achieved the milestone during England’s fifth away Test against India, in March this year.

He is also the third in the list of players with the most Test wickets, only behind spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets) of Sri Lanka and the late Shane Warne (708 wickets) of Australia.

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