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Jimmy considers vegan life to stay in top shape; cricket.

Byline: RORY DOLLARD mail.sport@birminghammail.co.uk

JAMES Anderson believes he can still be the best bowler in the world at the age of 37 and is willing to try anything that will help him keep going at the highest level, including veganism.

Anderson has spent the last few weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury that reduced him to a peripheral role in the Ashes, bowling just four overs on the opening day of the series before being ruled out.

After 16 years of international cricket, 149 Test caps and an English record of 575 wickets he would be forgiven for thinking that a glorious career was coming to an end.

But the same drive that has seen Anderson surpass the haul of every other seamer to play Test cricket is spurring him on again, and he is currently weighing up ideas that will help him get even better brather than mulling over his retirement date.

"I've still got a real hunger and desire to play cricket. I still love the game and still feel like I can be the best bowler in the world," he said.

"When I start this rehab, I'm going to try and investigate every possible avenue of what do I need to do at my age to keep myself in good shape.

"I feel as fit as I ever have, it's just the calf keeps twanging. So I'm going to look at every possible thing I can to make sure I can play for as long as possible. I'll look at how other sportspeople have done it throughout their careers to keep going into their late 30s.

"Whether there's anything specific I can do, diet, gym programme, supplements, whatever it might be."

Asked if that included adopting a vegan diet, an approach previously taken by the likes of Venus Williams, Lewis Hamilton, David Haye and Jermain Defoe, Anderson said: "I'm open-minded. I'll give anything a go if it prolongs my career. I actually have chatted that through with my wife, but she's not keen."

One of the reasons Anderson is so eager to get going again - be it in the first tour of the winter to New Zealand, or the subsequent trip to South Africa - is the chance to join Jofra Archer in an England line-up.

Anderson has spent the majority of his career partnering Stuart Broad but fans are already keen to see how the prolific pair might dovetail with the World Cup-winning pace star.

"It's been great to see Jofra taking to international cricket the way he has and Broady has been fantastic all Ashes series. He's shown his class all the way through," Anderson said.

"I'd love to be a part of this bowling attack because I think we could have something special there."

Archer will outlast both of the senior men, who will each leave enormous shoes to fill when they finally take their leave.

James was speaking on behalf of 'The Test Experts' Specsavers, Official Test Partner for England cricket ahead of the final Test of the Specsavers Ashes Series at The Oval.

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