In general, not many players over the age of 35 have been capped by England in any format of the game.
However, the country's leading Test wicket-taker of all time has insisted that providing he is in the right shape, there is no reason why he cannot buck the trend.
"Where I am at the minute is I feel as fit as I have ever been. I feel I can still get it down the other end. I guess it is an extra incentive to keep going, to prove people wrong. You spend all your career trying to prove people wrong. It is the same now," he told The Telegraph.
"In the back of my mind I think I can get 500 Test wickets and what has helped me during the last three or four years has been thinking about staying as fit as possible so I get on the field.
"Then I can contribute to us winning games. If I do that and stay in the team it means I will get wickets. I would like to play the 2019 Ashes. I will be 37 then."
Anderson, 33, made his Test debut in 2003 and has gone on to feature on 113 occasions.