Jimmy Anderson: ‘I can stay one step ahead despite my speed dropping’

• 34-year-old is hungrier than ever to play for England
• ‘I can do a job even if my speeds drop’

Age remains merely a number for Jimmy Anderson who, despite having turned 34 on Saturday, claims to retain a hunger to improve his skills coupled with the experience of a gnarled old defender in football.

Anderson, England’s record Test wicket-taker, missed the first Test with Pakistan at Lord’s because of a stress fracture to his right shoulder – a call that caused all manner of selection-based angst – but returned for the win at Old Trafford last week that sees the series level going into Wednesday’s third encounter at Edgbaston.

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