Anderson assures coronavirus outbreak won't end his career
James Anderson has downplayed the frustration caused by the pandemic-enforced break as he is keen on maintaining high fitness standards through "virtual" training sessions.
Anderson is perhaps in the twilight of his illustrious career but the most prolific seam bowler in Test cricket has denied any plans of being rushed into retirement due to the coronavirus crisis.
The Lancashire star feels the virus-curtailed England domestic season will hardly hamper his bowling momentum once competitive cricket resumes.
"I've not actually thought about never playing cricket again," he stated during a conference call.
"I feel like we will play again and I will play again at some stage. I'm still hungry to play, I've still got ambitions to play for England.
"So I think the fact I've been able to do this for a long time and I get to play a sport as a job means when I do get to do that again, I'm really going to cherish it and enjoy every single moment of it."
The sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom has compelled the government to impose a lockdown nationwide.
With no professional facilities available, Anderson is keeping fit by engaging in workout sessions online with teammates Stuart Broad and Mark Wood.
"A few of the lads are training together virtually. I did a workout with Stuart Broad and Mark Wood yesterday," he said.
"We've all got Pelotons -- the bikes. You can compete against each other. Stuart came out on top this time, with me a close second and Mark Wood in third."
Anderson's most recent appearance on the international level came against South Africa in Cape Town before missing the subsequent matches owing to a broken rib.
The 37-year-old's Ashes campaign also ended prematurely when he limped off the field after bowling just four overs in the series opener.
Despite the various injury setbacks plaguing his career of late, Anderson is prepared to rediscover his mojo once the English summer commences.
"To get injured again was a big frustration. But it was lucky in a way that it was a broken rib. If it was a muscle injury it would have taken much longer to recover."