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England seamer reveals how much of an impact fast bowling has had on his body

Jimmy Anderson has revealed how the exertions of a career's worth of fast bowling have left him in pain when he brushes his teeth.

England's record wicket-taker, who became the second most prolific Test paceman ever during the fourth Ashes clash in Melbourne last month, has opened up about the damage he has inflicted on himself in his latest column for the Daily Telegraph.

Anderson described how the rigours of bowling have caused him problems in his shoulders, making even the simplest actions more difficult than normal.

"Recovery is mainly about managing my shoulder and bowling actually loosens it up," he wrote.

Jimmy Anderson has revealed how fast bowling has affected his body

"It is about getting a balance between bowling enough to loosen it, but not too much to cause a problem. 

"It can affect me in normal life, sometimes it hurts brushing my teeth or putting on a T-shirt in the morning, or anything else that gets me into an awkward position.

"It is just about working with the physio and doing exercises with a rubber band to keep the joint loose and the muscles around the shoulder strong."

Anderson is preparing for the fifth and final Ashes Test, which is due to get under way in Sydney on Thursday.

He has claimed 16 wickets on the tour to date, at an average of 26.06 - the best record of any England bowler.

The Burnley Express has now taken 522 scalps over the course of his near 15-year career, the fifth most among all bowlers and second only to Glenn McGrath among the quicks.

Glenn McGrath expects Anderson to overtake him in the wicket-taking stakes

McGrath is expecting to lose his place atop the pile, with Anderson needing 41 more victims to draw level with the great Australian seamer.

“If he’s got a couple of years left in him he’ll do it quite easily,” said McGrath.

“Good luck to him. To have played as many Tests as he has and taken as many wickets just shows a quality bowler. The nature of the beast being a fast bowler (means), to play that many Tests to start with is a good achievement.

“If he plays long enough he’ll get me and deservedly so.”

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