James Anderson has said that he was tempted by the idea of taking over from Alastair Cook as England Test captain but in the end was never approached about the job.
Cook resigned after four and a half years leading the team and Joe Root was quickly promoted to take over. Other possibilities for the job were Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Stuart Broad but Anderson, the country’s record wicket-taker, was not considered or asked to interview.
Anderson is now 34 and injuries are beginning to take their toll, but he said that he would still have liked to have been considered.
“It would have been nice to have been considered for it but whether I would have taken it or not, I am not sure,” he said.
“Thinking about it from a personal point of view I would have seriously thought about it. But if I was on the outside looking in I would have thought ‘is this actually where the team needs to go, with a 34-year-old as captain?”
He said that it makes sense for a younger person to take the job but said that he think bowlers should be given more consideration for the top job. He said that while there are more injury risks for bowlers he is “all for bowlers being captain”.
The team will next face South Africa and the West Indies in the summer before the winter Ashes tour and Anderson has said that he will give Root all the support he possibly can.
“I still try and help out where I can. For me, my mind-set never changes. I’m always thinking about ways to help the team if I’m captain or not. It’s nice for Joe that if everyone is fit for the first Test we will hopefully have me and Stuart Broad opening the bowling.”