The greatest England bowler of all time, James Anderson OBE is widely regarded as one of the best swing bowlers to ever play the game. A fast bowler with a unique and remark ability to swing the ball both ways at pace and with tremendous control, Anderson’s bowling often defies logic and he has therefore be heralded as a genius. The current England vice-captain, James Anderson holds the record for the most Test Match and One Day International wickets for England and became the first England bowler ever to take 500 Test wickets. Fondly known as ‘The King of Swing’ and the ‘Barnsley Express’ Jimmy Anderson continues to play for his boyhood county Lancashire CCC and on 3 August 2017 Lancashire CCC announced the Old Trafford Pavilion End would be renamed the James Anderson End as a testament to Anderson’s achievements and accomplishments in the game. Already a legend of the game while an active player Anderson now focuses solely on Test Cricket in an attempt to prolong his career and has therefore began to work extensively as a cricket speaker around the nation and is a speaker in huge demand.
Making his First Class career in 2002 for Lancashire CCC Anderson immediately showed he was destined for greatness as he took 50 wickets in his first 13 matches including 3 five wicket hauls resulting in him being awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award for Lancashire's most promising young County player in the 2002 season before becoming the youngest player to take a hat-trick for Lancashire CCC the year after and receiving his county cap and an International call up. Impressing instantly in an England shirt Jimmy was selected for the 2003 World Cup where he really announced himself on the global stage taking an extraordinary 4 wickets against Pakistan and was named the Man of the Match for his efforts. Making his Test Cricket debut in 2003 after impressing in limited overs cricket for England, Anderson took a five wicket haul in the first innings and getting his name on the Lord’s Honours Board on his first outing. Continuing to succeed, Anderson took a hat trick against Pakistan in a phenomenal spell of fast bowling and became the first England player to take a hat trick in ODI cricket. Named the Young Cricketer of the Year for a truly wonderful breakthrough year during his work as a cricket speaker Anderson discusses the dream start he enjoyed in his career along with sharing a host of tales and anecdotes garnered from his legendary career within the game.
Anderson has also faced his fair share of adversity during his career through both injury and deselection due to a lack of form early in his career. Times filled with trials and tribulations, Anderson’s exemplary drive and determination has allowed him to continually comeback stronger and construct a remarkable career. While performing as a cricket speaker Jimmy shares key lessons and advice into dealing with difficult times and how you should use them to motivate you while learning and growing as much as you can through hard times.
Playing sporadically for the next few years following his recovery to full fitness Anderson cemented his place in the England team in 2007 and has never looked back since. A knack of dismissing arguably the greatest batsman to have ever played the game, Sachin Tendulkar, James Anderson is the only first bowler in the history of the game to take over 50 Test Match wickets against each of the seven major Test playing nations and has consistently shattered records and often defied logic through his incredible performances and achievements for both England and in the game. Having played in a number of ICC Cricket World Cups, Ashes Series and both tours & series around the world, Anderson has an abundance of knowledge and experience to share with his guests along with a number of entertaining and insightful stories that will most certainly captivate the audience.
Becoming one of the biggest stars in English cricket just months after his International debut, Jimmy’s popularity and demand has not wavered as he continues to be a media personality and famously became the first cricketer to pose naked for a gay magazine, Attitude and promoted his acceptance of homophobia in both life and cricket. Having a number of endorsements and lucrative sponsorship deals along with having a huge passion for fashion with his own menswear brand, Chess London. Awarded an MBE and OBE for his services to cricket, Anderson is an English cricketing icon and an incredibly sought after cricket speaker.
Currently the 5th highest wicket taker in Test cricket history, James Anderson truly is a bowling phenomenon that personifies longevity and consistency having bowled the most International deliveries by a fast bowler in the history of the game. With over 300 International appearances and 800 International wickets to his name James Anderson is already considered as a legend of the game and will forever remain the benchmark for all England bowlers to come. An eloquent cricket speaker and charismatic personality, James Anderson is an intellectual and motivating figure that has a plethora of knowledge and stories to share with his guests. Undoubtedly a future ICC Hall of Fame inductee, James Anderson OBE is available to hire as a cricket speaker for any event, dinner or function and is certain to be a fantastic and prestigious addition to any occasion.