Old Trafford Pavilion End Renamed ‘The James Anderson End’

Old Trafford Pavilion End Renamed ‘The James Anderson End’

James Anderson has said he is “overwhelmed” after it was announced that Old Trafford’s Pavilion End will be renamed in his honour.

The James Anderson End will be unveiled in a ceremony ahead of the fourth Test between England and Australia on Friday.

Anderson, 35, who made his Lancashire debut in 2001, is England’s leading Test wicket-taker with 480 dismissals.

The James Anderson End will now complement The Brian Statham End, named after the club’s all-time leading wicket-taker with 1,816 dismissals over a career spanning 18 years.

Anderson said: “I am completely overwhelmed and honoured that the club has renamed an end after me at Emirates Old Trafford. It is an incredibly proud moment and one that will live long in the memory.

“I still absolutely love coming through the gates and playing at this great ground for my boyhood club. It is a very special place to play cricket and a venue that I have very fond memories of, both on the pitch and in the changing room with my Lancashire and England teammates.

“I treasure every minute of playing for Lancashire and England and I hope I can put in a performance this week wearing the Three Lions on my chest at my home ground as we look to secure the series against South Africa.”

Anderson recently received his 125th Test cap
Anderson recently received his 125th Test cap

Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club, David Hodgkiss OBE, said: “James’ contribution to both Lancashire and England Cricket over the last 15 years has been immense and we felt it right to take this unique step of recognising all that he has achieved in the game.

“Everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club is hugely proud of James’ unique bowling achievements both for the Red Rose county and for England, as the country’s all-time leading wicket taker.”

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