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Botham believes Anderson is one of the key reasons England are 2-0 up in the Ashes
Former England captain Sir Ian Botham has announced that having a pace bowler like James Anderson is nothing short of a captain’s dream after the 30-year-old took ten wickets against Australia during the first Ashes Test in Nottingham and three during the second Test at Lord’s.
Nottingham seems to be the ground Anderson excels on as he recorded his only other ten-wicket haul in his Test career there in 2010 when he took 11 wickets against Pakistan.
Botham noted that Anderson truly deserved the Man of the Match award after the thrilling conclusion to the first Test, which England won by 14 runs.
“Anderson is a captain’s dream,” Botham said. “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.”
Ex-England skipper Andrew Strauss also praised Anderson, stating that he used to be a bowler solely focused on bowling fast when he made his debut, but has now transformed himself into a highly intelligent bowler who has mastered the challenging art of reverse swing.
“He used to bowl quickly but not accurately and the way he’s refined himself as a bowler is extraordinary,” Strauss told Sky Sports. “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.”