Tommo Talks: I’ve done my best to stay with Jimmy’s Test efforts

Jimmy Anderson celebrates a wicket for England at the Ageas Bowl in 2013
Jimmy Anderson celebrates a wicket for England at the Ageas Bowl in 2013
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Well done Jimmy Anderson on reaching 400 Test wickets.

But he is not done yet.

Incredibly, I think it is possible that he may get to 500!

At the very least, I think he will play in the Test team for another two seasons, which may equate to enough Tests to do that.

If he can go on for even longer, then 500 wickets will definitely happen for him.

Amazingly, he would join only two other fast bowlers in Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath if he does it.

Even if he only goes on to get another 50 wickets, he will pass names like Wasim Akram, Kapil Dev, Shaun Pollock and Curtly Ambrose.

That would put him very high up the list of Test-match greats.

I think that is an incredible effort.

Maybe I am clutching at straws a bit but I sometimes feel that there are similarities with how Jimmy Anderson’s England career and my county career have mapped out.

Anderson and I made our first-class debuts in 2002, then a year later, he made his Test-match debut.

The years between 2003 and 2007 he was in and out of the England side and really struggled for confidence and had a few injuries.

During the same time (I call them the dark ages) I struggled at Hampshire.

I was missing out on selection and getting a few injuries along the way.

But I also improved as a bowler in that period and so did Anderson.

It was in 2008 when Anderson and Stuart Broad were given their chance, when Peter Moores made the bold decision to drop Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard.

Anderson flourished thereafter and has been a regular feature of the Test side since.

That same year (2008), I was given the chance to open the bowling for Hampshire for all 16 Championship games alongside the likes of Dimi Mascarenhas and Chris Tremlett.

From then on, I have also featured in all but a few Championship matches.

I’ve had a relatively successful time too.

I still need to get 35 more first-class wickets to reach Jimmy’s total of 400.

The way things are going at the moment, that may take me quite a while!

But it would be a big achievement for me and I’m sure it will be a great feeling when I (hopefully) get to that mark.

Maybe it’s a bit desperate trying to link Anderson’s career with mine but our batting is quite similar, too!

I have had to work incredibly hard to succeed at a first-class level where here is a man who went form a ‘first class’ first-class bowler to a super fit, skilful, record-breaking Test bowler.

I hugely admire him and have loved watching him and trying to copy him over the last decade.

I am sure he will look back on his career knowing he squeezed every ounce of talent and skill out of his body.

I hope England find someone to replace him when he does retire but it will not be an easy task and he won’t go on for ever.