Vegan Athletes

England bowler Jimmy Anderson seriously thinking of going vegan to prolong his career

37 year old still has the desire and motivation to be the best bowler in the world

England’s recording-breaking bowler Jimmy Anderson, 37, has had a frustrating injury-plagued summer. He wants to prolong his career and he has told the Cricketer that he is seriously considering going vegan to help him achieve this ambition. 

England’s all-time leading wicket-taker with 575 wickets in 149 Test appearances this week insisted he wants to carry on playing until the age of 40. In the short term, his ambition is to prove his fitness for the upcoming tour of New Zealand this winter where England are scheduled to play two Tests. 

Changing to an exclusively plant-based diet is one way he is considering to keep his body in shape. 

This would be quite a change for the paceman who was once described by England spinner Graeme Swann as having “the worst diet of any professional athlete I know.” 

“I actually have chatted it through with my wife actually – she’s not keen. I’m open-minded. I’ll give anything a go if it prolongs my career”. he told the media at the Oval on behalf of ‘The Test Experts’ Specsavers, Official Test Partner of the England cricket team.

Anderson to become a Game-Changing vegan athlete?

In studying how other athletes have prolonged their careers well into their 30s, he expressed strong interest in watching The Game Changers documentary which has been featured many athletes such as Lewis Hamilton and Novak Djokovic explain how their plant-based diets have impacted their careers. 

“I still feel like I can be the best bowler in the world. As long as I’ve got that mentality I’m going to try to find every possible thing to help me stay fit” said Anderson. “I’ll see whether there’s anything specific I can do – diet, gym programme, supplements, whatever it might be – because I’ve still got a real hunger and desire to play cricket.

Anderson only managed to bowl four overs during the entire Ashes series. He pulled up with a tightness in the right calf on the first morning of the First Test Match at Edgbaston and was unable to bowl for the rest of the match which Australia ultimately won by 251 runs.  

Australia’s bowler Peter Siddle, who had an excellent Ashes series, is probably cricket’s most prominent vegan. He famously, or perhaps it is better to say “infamously” is known to eats up to twenty bananas a day.

Even 41-year-olds can play top-level sport when they are vegans

One striking example of an older top athlete benefiting from a plant-based diet is Tom Brady. In February this year the premier USA sporting event, the Super Bowl, showcased the then 41-year-old athlete at the top of his game. While New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to win the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, the Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady was personally appearing in a record-breaking 9th Super Bowl. The superstar, generally considered to be among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, credits his performance to his mostly plant-based diet. He eats mostly organic, local plant-based foods, and avoids dairy.

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Nicholas Orosz

Nicholas is a former City solicitor and Cambridge graduate. He has a long-standing interest in health & nutrition, the environmental movement, green politics & digital publishing. He has always loved crafting words. His transition to a vegan perspective has been gradual and an ongoing process of self-discovery. Contact:
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