London: Veteran England pacer James Anderson believes the enforced break in cricket due to COVID-19 pandemic could extend his profession by an year or two.
All cricketing actions internationally have been suspended since mid-March due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, which has to date claimed greater than 3.75 lakh lives globally.
“It could just add on a year or two at the end of my career,” Anderson mentioned whereas talking on BBC’s Tailenders podcast.
“I’ve really enjoyed being back and as odd as it is just bowling into a net, with not many people around, it’s still nice to be back and playing cricket.”
Anderson, 37, is a part of the 55-member group that has been requested to return to coaching, forward of the West Indies Test sequence.
Last week, Anderson had posted a video of himself on Instagram during which he was seen operating in after which delivering the ball on the Old Trafford.
“I bring all the kit myself – my bands and med balls to warm-up with – and I’ve got my own cricket balls which I don’t normally have,” mentioned Anderson who’s England’s main wicket-taker in Test cricket and One-Day Internationals.
“I have a quick lap round the outfield and then straight into the nets. I bowl a few overs and then get straight back in the car and go home.”
The Test sequence towards West Indies will happen behind closed doorways and Anderson helps the thought of taking part in synthetic crowd noise on the video games.
“I’ve been watching the rugby league in Australia and I actually thought there was a crowd watching because they were playing crowd noise through the speaker in the stadium,” Anderson mentioned.
“I actually thought it worked. It was nice to have that sort of atmosphere even though there was no-one there,” he added.
Earlier, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen had additionally mentioned that the “forced break” might need helped sure athletes to improve the size of their careers.
“I wonder how many sportsmen/women have had their careers lengthened with this forced break? Little niggles healing. A mental break from pressure. Falling back in love with their sport. Would be interesting to find out?” Pietersen had tweeted.