James Anderson will become the most capped Test cricketer for England on Thursday. "It's been an incredible 15 years really," Anderson said, as quoted by cricbuzz "Knowing how much Cooky [Alastair Cook] played it, makes me very proud I've actually got to this point.
He made his debut back in 2003 in a match against Zimbabwe, when, as he says, he did not have enough self-confidence. "I thought I wasn't good enough. I thought it was a huge step up from county cricket. I remember Nasser didn't have a fine leg for me and I went for quite a few runs."
"My first ball was a no-ball as well so there were a lot of nerves there and I did feel like this was maybe a step too far for me at that point," Anderson recalled. He says it took him several years to realize he was a top player "It took a few years.
I think putting in some performances against the better sides in the world - no disrespect to Zimbabwe - but playing against teams like South Africa and Australia and India." "Once you put in performances against the top teams in the world, that's when you can feel like you can actually perform at that level.
So it did take a few years and a few tours around the world to make me think I could actually do it."
There were many hurdles in his career that he managed to overcome "I'm proud of the fact that I've overcome little hurdles throughout my career and they've made me stronger.
The stress fracture was like hitting the reset button I guess." "I'd gone through a lot of changes in my action before that and that stress fracture was probably a Godsend," he said. "It made me go back to my old action and since then I've felt really comfortable and got more consistent.
That's really helped me and makes me feel proud I got stronger from that and never looked back." It wasn’t easy after Ollie Robinson was suspended for old racist tweets "As players, we are trying to learn from this realize it's important to try to get educated around these issues," Anderson said.
"We continue to do that with the ECB and PCA, we've been doing workshops before the series to improve ourselves as people, basically. To try to make sure this doesn't happen." He says Robinson apologized after all and it has been noticed that he has changed a lot since then "I think it [apology] has been accepted.
He stood up in front of the group and apologised." "You could see how sincere and upset he was. As a group we appreciate he's a different person now. He's done a lot of maturing and growing since then and he's got the full support of the team.
"I think as we've talked about, the Tweets coming 10 years ago obviously there was initial shock there with the language that was used. But there was remorse." "I think he's definitely changed as a person and he's definitely improved from this as well, learn from these mistakes I guess.