The Ashes: Jimmy Anderson, a captain's dream, says Ian Botham
Anderson suffered cramps before lunch on Day 5 and England were left frustrated as the last-wicket pair of Brad Haddin and James Pattinson inched their way to the finish line. But he returned to remove Haddin for 71.
Praise has been flowing in for England's 10-wicket star, Jimmy Anderson. The Lancashire paceman overcame cramps and thwarted a valiant Australian fight back as England won the first Ashes Test at Nottingham by 14 runs on Sunday.
This was the second time in his career that Anderson took 10 wickets in a match. Anderson's (5/85 + 5/73) at Trent Bridge were his best bowling figures versus Australia in a Test match. The first time he took 10 wickets or more in a match was a 11 for 71 versus Pakistan at Nottingham in 2010.
Former England Test captain Andrew Strauss is delighted at Anderson's transformation from a bowler who just wanted to bowl fast to an intelligent pacer who has the skills of making an old ball swing. Read: Match Report
"He used to bowl quickly but not accurately and the way he's refined himself as a bowler is extraordinary. He has a lot of skills -- reverse swing and regulation swing -- and he's become the complete bowler. On top of that, he's revelled in leading the attack and that's helped his bowling," Strauss told Sky Sports.
Anderson suffered cramps before lunch on Day 5 and England were left frustrated as the last-wicket pair of Brad Haddin and James Pattinson inched their way to the finish line. But Anderson returned to remove Haddin for 71, after successfully using the Decision Review System (DRS).
Botham said Man of the Match Anderson deserved to take the last wicket. "Anderson is a captain's dream," Botham said, adding: "He used to just want to be the quickest bowler in town, he's curbed that like Richard Hadlee and learned his skills and now bowls within himself. He has great control and that doesn't just happen."
The second Test starts at Lord's from Thursday.