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England Fast Bowler Jimmy Anderson Reveals Zlatan Ibrahimovic is His Inspiration

Jimmy Anderson said he takes inspiration from players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Jimmy Anderson said he takes inspiration from players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic / Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

England seamer Jimmy Anderson has revealed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rodger Federer are his biggest inspirations as he inches closer to the latter stages of his career.

The 38-year-old surpassed 600 Test wickets in his England career last year and has underlined his desire to follow in the footsteps of Ibrahimovic and Federer as he gets older.

Ibrahimovic rejoined Milan last year, and has since scored 17 goals in 25 games, and shows no sign of slowing down, even at age 39.

"It happens in this country more than most: you get to a certain age and people begin saying you have to start slowing down or you're losing the ability to do your job. But I'm not sure from my own experience that's the case," Anderson told The Guardian.

He added, "I have never had those thoughts, that I've had enough or it's getting too much, It's probably down to having never had the captaincy. With Cooky, it possibly all added up in the end. I go into every season asking if I can cope but I've started this year as well as any with the ball. There's no reason I can't keep going."

Revealing his inspiration from older players who still perform at the highest level despite age, Anderson concluded, "And you draw comfort from seeing people across other sports, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic getting another contract at Milan [aged 39], Tom Brady winning his seventh Super Bowl at 43, Roger Federer [39] overcoming injuries or Chris Thompson qualifying for the Olympic marathon at 40. It makes you think, why should I start slowing down?"