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Jimmy Anderson aspires to be in his 40s… because he’s SO SORRY, says England team-mate Jos Buttler

JOS BUTTLER knows Jimmy Anderson aspires to play football in his 40s – because he’s so grumpy.

Although Anderson is omitted ash openerButtler believes England’s swing king has no intention of retiring.

Jimmy Anderson is resting for the Ashes . opening game

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Jimmy Anderson is resting for the Ashes . opening game

Anderson Turning 40 next July but Buttler thinks he wants to continue for as long as possible.

“It seems like age is just a number to Jimmy,” he explains.

“He is in great form, his skills are as good as ever and he still seems to be trying to improve and learn new things.

“That hunger doesn’t seem to waver at all.

“He stays just as cranky if he throws a bad ball – and that competitiveness is extremely high in whatever he does, let alone on the cricket field.

“I see him wanting to carry on as long as he can and it doesn’t feel like there’s anything standing in the way of him doing it at the moment.”

Anderson has Excluded from the First Test although England insist he is fit enough to compete.

Captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood want to rule out any possibility that Anderson doesn’t score 100% in the Monday Night Test in Adelaide on December 16.

The British record test bowler, with 632 hits, is potentially lethal under the lights and Test Thursday will also now be played with a pink ball in Melbourne, Sydney or Hobart.

Once the game is moved from Perth, the venue will be up for auction as Cricket Australia tries to collect some cash.

England miss Ashes in 2019 when Anderson threw the ball four laps in the first test at Edgbaston before limping off with a calf injury and he was not seen again in this series.

Jos Buttler to appear in his first Ashes series in Australia

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Jos Buttler to appear in his first Ashes series in AustraliaCredit: PA

The team’s disruption to rain preparations here means Anderson and other bowlers fall short, making injuries more likely.

An England spokesman said: “Jimmy is fit to play. With five tests in six weeks, the plan was to prepare him for his arrival in Adelaide.

“With the limited build-up we have, neither he nor the board want to risk him playing after what happened in 2019 at Edgbaston.”

Wicketkeeper Buttler, 31, added: “Jimmy could have played but it’s a series and we wanted a guy like that to be around to play as many roles as possible.”

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