LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: England bowler James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Murali Vijay, his 100th Test wicket at Lords during day 4 of the Second Test Match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

James Anderson is already looking forward what is set to be an "explosive" Ashes series when England host Australia later this year.

Anderson, who is just months away from celebrating his 41st birthday, is showing no signs of slowing down in 2023, hoping to help England win their first Ashes series since 2015.

Speaking on the Tailenders podcast, which he co-hosts with Greg James and Felix White, Anderson said England's resurgence in form has him and his fellow teammates full of excitement heading into the year.

"It's exciting to be in this team. Whoever we play it's going to be fun, we're going to give it a good crack and Australia in the summer could just be incredible," Anderson said.

"I can't see them (the Australians) doing anything but going toe-to-toe. They're going to fight fire with fire and that's going to make it so explosive and exciting.

"There is something wrong with you as a player if you didn't enjoy this way we're playing."

Anderson also spoke on Ben Stokes' leadership of the English team, conceding that while at first he was unsure of his leadership credentials, he now considers his captaincy of the test team "incredible."

“I'll be brutally honest, I didn't know if he did have it,” said Anderson.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27: Ben Stokes (C) of England celebrates with teammates Jack Leach (R) and Ollie Robinson after dismissing Alex Carey of Australia during day two of the Third Test match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 27, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“He's always had a great cricket brain, he's always been someone who thinks a lot about it and has been very good as a player tactically. But I didn't know he had this sort of side to him.

“I've always had him down as a lead by example guy – he's always trained the hardest, he's always bowled the long spells, put his body on the line diving around in the field. But actually he is just incredible. The emotional intelligence around the group, managing the players, managing what comes with it as well, just taking the pressure off them.”