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Ashes: England bowler James Anderson praised by Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss - Andrew Strauss Posted 14th July 2013 view comments

Jimmy Anderson's 10-wicket haul for England in the opening Ashes Test received lavish praise by Andrew Strauss and Ian Botham.

Lancashire's paceman survived cramp just before lunchtime and a nail-biting climax on the final day to thwart Australia's valiant fightback and pick up the man of the match award at Trent Bridge.

With Brad Haddin and James Pattinson producing a stunning final wicket partnership to edge the tourists towards a sensational comeback, Anderson stayed cool to wrap up the innings and finish with figures of 10 wickets for 158 runs in the match with Australia falling 15 runs short.

"It was just another phenomenal effort from Anderson on a wicket that didn't really suit his style," Strauss told Sky Sports. "It was a brilliant performance. It's easy to forget that when he was young he was a bit of a tearaway.

Jimmy's just terrific and I think England need to wrap him up in cotton wool, he needs to sit and do nothing and slowly wind up for the next Test on Thursday

Ian Botham
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"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."

Anderson picked up his third wicket of the day thanks to a spectacular slip catch by Alastair Cook and the hosts looked set for a comfortable win with the Australians still 80 runs short of the finish line and one wicket in hand.

Haddin and Pattinson performed heroics at the crease to leave Cook's men fretting, but back came a reinvigorated Anderson after lunch to snare Haddin (71) after using the review system.

"Anderson is a captain's dream," Botham added. "He deserved to pick up that list wicket. I remember those dark days when the coaches decided to change his action - it was ridiculous. The guy is a natural bowler and its all his own action. He's worked hard on it.

"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.

"He's just terrific and I think England need to wrap him up in cotton wool, he needs to sit and do nothing and slowly wind up for the next Test on Thursday. Let him rest!

"He's just a magnificent bowler and goodness knows what will happen if he gets injured. Don't let him do anything until Wednesday!"

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