James Anderson praised for his focus by Michael Holding
Michael Holding praised the attitude of James Anderson, who took his 300th Test match wicket on Friday.
Last Updated: 17/05/13 7:22pm
The Lancashire quick reached the milestone with a delivery to New Zealand opener Peter Fulton, which was edged to Graeme Swann in the slip cordon.
Anderson also despatched Ross Taylor and Hamish Rutherford to take his total Test haul to 301, which places him fourth on the all-time list of England wicket takers, behind Fred Trueman, Bob Willis and Sir Ian Botham, who leads the way on 383 at an average of 28.40.
However, as well as paying tribute to Anderson for reaching the landmark, former West Indies quick Holding praised the 30-year-old's application and focus.
"We know 300 is a big landmark and it's great to get there but he didn't really think about it too much after getting there," said the Sky Sports pundit.
"He bowled even better after he'd taken that wicket. Sometimes you can lose yourself [when you reach a milestone] but he stuck to his task."
Botham also applauded Anderson - and predicts there is plenty more to come from the seamer.
"This is a real milestone for Jimmy Anderson," said the former England all-rounder.
"This is a moment he'll remember. But there's a lot more to come, this is just the start because he's not finished yet."
Indeed, Anderson still has work to do in this first Test at Lord's if England are to get their highly anticipated summer off to a winning start.
The hosts were bowled out for 232 on day two of the contest - their final six wickets falling for 40 runs - before New Zealand moved to 153-4 at the close, thanks to a 72-ball 66 from Taylor.
However, despite the tourists trailing by just 79 with six wickets in hand, former New Zealand wicket-keeper Ian Smith reckons his countrymen are not in complete control and Graeme Swann could well spin things England's way.
"We've been down on England because they didn't make a statement with the bat and have been saying they've been below par. But, although New Zealand have played well and got themselves into a goodish situation, they're not in a commanding situation at all," he said.
"There are key moments and key players in this game to come.
"Brendon McCullum (one not out) is crucial because he can get you an advantage very quickly. But Graeme Swann turned some deliveries out of footmarks and if England bat better and get any sort of a lead I think he's a trump card.
"I don't think it's going to be a long Test match, but a short, low scoring one."
And Smith believes England will be feeling far more confident about their chances of going 1-0 ahead in the two-Test series on Friday night than they did after day one, when they had laboured with the bat at just two runs per over.
"If I'm in England's camp I probably don't feel as bad about the game as I did last night," he said.
"Last night they hadn't gone anywhere but today, by getting those wickets and bringing themselves back into the match and opening up New Zealand to some degree, they may feel more confident. Ten wickets fell today and I can't see that trend changing."