England news May 24, 2013

Botham hails 'terrific' Anderson

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Sir Ian Botham has added his voice to those praising James Anderson as one of the leading bowlers in world cricket and suggested Anderson will "sail past" his England record.

Earlier in the week, England bowling coach David Saker praised Anderson as "the most skilful bowler in the world". Botham, England's leading Test wicket-taker with 383 victims, largely agreed with Saker and also backed Anderson to take well in excess of 400 Test wickets.

"He and Dale Steyn are ahead of the competition," Botham told ESPNcricinfo. "It's no surprise that the two best sides in world cricket have the two best bowling attacks in world cricket. South Africa have Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander and England have Anderson, Stuart Broad and, at the moment, Steven Finn with lots of competition waiting to get in.

"Anderson is right up there with the great England swing bowlers. Right up there. He's a terrific bowler. He's only 30 and he's kept himself very fit so he can easily play another 40 or 50 Tests. If you think that he will take, on average four wickets a match, well, he will sail past my record and he'll sail past 400, too. I think he can get up to 450 and beyond.

"Anderson has his got his own action. They tried to change him, but thank goodness he booted all that into touch and got on with bowling his way. He has his own style. He works on his other skills and fine-tuning his natural skills

"There is a lot of skill in what he does. Anyone can bowl an inswinger, but to do it as subtly as he does it with the slightest of movements becomes very difficult for the batsman to pick."

Botham also welcomed the success of Broad at Lord's and suggested that the Broad-Anderson partnership could yet develop into one of the most challenging in world cricket.

"That's the frustrating thing with Stuart," Botham said. "He's very much a rhythm bowler. When he gets it right, he is capable of those spells. You think of that spell against Australia at The Oval. He has height, the bounce and the pace to complement Anderson in the way that Morkel complements Steyn and like other partnerships of the past: like Willis, who had the pace, and Botham, or Lillee and Thompson, who was the one with the outright pace. That's the perfect combination: swing at one end; pace and bounce at the other."

Such confidence in the bowling attack and a firm belief that Kevin Pietersen will be fit for the Ashes had led Botham to the conclusion that poor weather presents Australia's best chance of avoiding a 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

"I actually do think England, if the weather does stay fine, could whitewash them," Botham said. "But they need the weather. That'll be the only thing, I think, that stops them.

"I don't see Australia competing with England for a little while, a few years yet. They appear, to me, to be struggling in quite a few departments at this stage. They've brought back players that are 35 years of age; never even heard of in Australia before. They even approached - we believe - Hussey and Ponting to see if they would come back and consider playing. Well, that's not the Australia I know. That's panic."

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George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY TenDonebyaShooter on | May 29, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Well those of us who remember Botham's "dad's army" description of Australia ahead of the 2006-7 Ashes will know to take his predictions with a bucket of salt. If past form in Botham predictions is anything to go by, ahead of the Ashes Anderson will probably accidentally step on Glenn McGrath's cricket ball and do his ankle: as will Swann, Cook, Pietersen, Trott, Root, Prior ...

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | May 26, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge:

    I love reading your comments, they are a great cocktail of wishful thinking, conceit & narcissism. I think you should try for some comedy show. 5wombats can be your sidekick there.

    ----"We all know Anderson is a champion bowler who is lethal on any pitch in the world, as he proved a long, long time ago."----

    Some ppl say that JA's ast 3-4 years should be seen differently from his initial years and you are here saying that he proved his all-round ability a long long time ago?

    ***JA's RECORD IN ASIA IS 42 WICKETS IN 14 TESTS @32+ & SR OF 67 WITH JUST ONE 5 WICKET HAUL.***

    This is not lethal, is rather mediocre.

    If you are one of those who do not believe in facts then pls say so and we will stop noticing your comments. Or if you talk on the basis of facts then stand up and provide evidence to back your claims. As of now, you are being exposed repeatedly and it is clear you do not notice the real world around yourself.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    @ Naman Gupta. Between Reality and Front-Foot-Lunge lies several hundred country miles of daylight, starlight, flashlight, incandescent light .. a vey very long list. In the lead up to the Eng vs SA series last year he posted innumerable comments such as the one you responded to. However, after the series he was gracious, and honest about Eng's shortcomings. However leading up to the India tour he reverted to form, & since then appears to believe that denial is a river in Egypt! To his credit, he is environmentally friendly, and regular as clockwork recycles the same rubbish! Pity - I think he actually knows his cricket.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    @ HatsforBats. Warner at no. 5 or 6 could be best right now, & could mature him into a great no. 3 or 4. His skills are not a problem. His approach & lack of the big picture are costly for Oz.

    Test cricket is not just attack. Adelaide 2012 Warner had a deadly 1st inngs & good 2nd. Faf du Plessis, known by most as an Dhoni's IPL OPENER, played 2 inngs of attack & defense, saving game & series for SA. de Villiers used to open for SA, but improved down the order. He set the 2013 IPL 'SR in an Inngs' recored, 31 in 8 balls @ SR 387.5, yet in Adelaide made 33 off 220 balls - SR15 & not 1 boundary. I doubt Clarke & bowlers EVER planned for AB refusing an attacking shot, & that cost them time.

    Warner is a big big talent being underutilized & wasted. Rogers at the top may make space for CA to build his skills. Developing his spin could make him as valuable as a Kallis, who at 38 is still quicker than Anderson!! Taming Warner's mouth & ego & building his character is the starting point!

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | May 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, I'm not sure but from memory Warner was averaging mid 50's in FC when he got the test gig and had recently scored a double for Aus A. Given that, his call up wasn't completely from left field. I hope you don't take my mentioning him for my advocating his selection as opener, I don't. He's an outstanding talent and after Hobart I believe he has the potential, but mostly I think he might be good at six and bowling some leggies but that's about it.

  • POSTED BY ADB1 on | May 25, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    I do wish people - of any side - would desist with the whitewash predictions. Maybe Glenn McGrath - an all-time great actually still in the side doing the white-washing - had the right to do so, but anyone else? Well, we've seen how predictions of a whitewash in the Ind v Eng and NZ v Eng series have panned out.

    If Beefy's right though, I'll gladly eat humble pie!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    @ HatsforBats. I could never understand why the unknown Warner, after one remarkable T20 innings, was fast tracked from back of beyond to opening for Aus. He was then clearly too inexperienced, and as his record now shows, he is simply not a good test opener. Starting a 5 day match like it is a Saturday night Twitter rampage results in a below par record - just what Warner has. (For what it means, I saw that in the IPL had been moved down the order.)

    To grow & mature, a truly gifted youngster needs the company of men of maturity & experience. A team made up of young talent is simply a team of youngsters, and not a team made up of a nation's best. Talent will out. When it is ignored in older players, and prized only in youth, the compass of common sense has been well and truly abandoned.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | May 25, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Given the propensity of our batting collapsing these days, 5-0 is a definite possibility. Still, I would like to think it will be closer than that. If our bowling fires it will be a good contest, but I can't see our batsmen outscoring England's. Either way I can't see many draws happening. Anderson is pure class these days, but thankfully the team & selectors absolute failure in India has forced their hand into selecting one of the finest batsman we've got. Some usual Botham dribble in their. One of those 35yr olds (Rogers) should have been opening our batting for the last six years, alongside Hussey (an opener by trade), leaving the number six spot free for the introduction of new blood like Hughes, Warner, Khawaja, whomever.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney. Eng's bowling is like Oz's batting right now - one mainstay, respectively Anderson & Clarke - and a wildly inconsistent supporting cast. Swann is yet unproven post surgery, but he could be huge for Eng, giver the recent Oz vs Spin debacle (Spin 12 - Oz 0). But, the same was said of Swann last summer vs SA, & his 4 @ 77 for the series did not bear that out!) Eng have the …. ummm … should have the batting to set formidable targets, tho they have waffled against NZ's underrated attack. Anderson alone can't defend those targets. Lots of spin would aid him. Will we see Monty?

    Oz bowling is a mystery - who be uninjured or not "requiring rotation." Lots of talent, lean on experience &/or fitness. The Oz batting, Warner will have 1 or 2 good innings, Cowan will ave about 35, Clarke could fire, but his England record is middling, & the rest of the batting, its a dice roll whether they did their homework?

    If Finn finds the form he had vs SA, & spin is on offer, Aus lose.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @ PatrickJM wrote "(Botham's) knowledge of the history of cricket is about as substantial as Chris Martin's batting. Clarrie Grimmett ... played his first test match for Australia in his 35th year."

    Can't disagree with you about Botham - not reknowned for his startling intellect.

    Small point - records show Grimmett's debut @ 33 (but that's not guaranteed.). He did play 1st Class till 50.

    Grimmett is ancient history for Sir Ian, but Basil D'Oliveira WAS the headlines in Beefy's teens, & played his last test 5 years before IB's 1st. Records say he debuted at 35. He later said he was 37 & had lied to improve his test chances. (Grimmett said the same thing!) Grimmett & D'Oliveira both played tests for 6 years.

    John Traicos debuted for SA in their '69-70 series (whitewashed Aus;) In '92, at 45, he played in Zim's 1st tests - 22 years 222 days apart - the record. He debuted 6 years before Botham, & retired after him, in '93!

    You are dead right. Beefy is no cricket historian.

  • POSTED BY TenDonebyaShooter on | May 29, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Well those of us who remember Botham's "dad's army" description of Australia ahead of the 2006-7 Ashes will know to take his predictions with a bucket of salt. If past form in Botham predictions is anything to go by, ahead of the Ashes Anderson will probably accidentally step on Glenn McGrath's cricket ball and do his ankle: as will Swann, Cook, Pietersen, Trott, Root, Prior ...

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | May 26, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge:

    I love reading your comments, they are a great cocktail of wishful thinking, conceit & narcissism. I think you should try for some comedy show. 5wombats can be your sidekick there.

    ----"We all know Anderson is a champion bowler who is lethal on any pitch in the world, as he proved a long, long time ago."----

    Some ppl say that JA's ast 3-4 years should be seen differently from his initial years and you are here saying that he proved his all-round ability a long long time ago?

    ***JA's RECORD IN ASIA IS 42 WICKETS IN 14 TESTS @32+ & SR OF 67 WITH JUST ONE 5 WICKET HAUL.***

    This is not lethal, is rather mediocre.

    If you are one of those who do not believe in facts then pls say so and we will stop noticing your comments. Or if you talk on the basis of facts then stand up and provide evidence to back your claims. As of now, you are being exposed repeatedly and it is clear you do not notice the real world around yourself.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    @ Naman Gupta. Between Reality and Front-Foot-Lunge lies several hundred country miles of daylight, starlight, flashlight, incandescent light .. a vey very long list. In the lead up to the Eng vs SA series last year he posted innumerable comments such as the one you responded to. However, after the series he was gracious, and honest about Eng's shortcomings. However leading up to the India tour he reverted to form, & since then appears to believe that denial is a river in Egypt! To his credit, he is environmentally friendly, and regular as clockwork recycles the same rubbish! Pity - I think he actually knows his cricket.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    @ HatsforBats. Warner at no. 5 or 6 could be best right now, & could mature him into a great no. 3 or 4. His skills are not a problem. His approach & lack of the big picture are costly for Oz.

    Test cricket is not just attack. Adelaide 2012 Warner had a deadly 1st inngs & good 2nd. Faf du Plessis, known by most as an Dhoni's IPL OPENER, played 2 inngs of attack & defense, saving game & series for SA. de Villiers used to open for SA, but improved down the order. He set the 2013 IPL 'SR in an Inngs' recored, 31 in 8 balls @ SR 387.5, yet in Adelaide made 33 off 220 balls - SR15 & not 1 boundary. I doubt Clarke & bowlers EVER planned for AB refusing an attacking shot, & that cost them time.

    Warner is a big big talent being underutilized & wasted. Rogers at the top may make space for CA to build his skills. Developing his spin could make him as valuable as a Kallis, who at 38 is still quicker than Anderson!! Taming Warner's mouth & ego & building his character is the starting point!

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | May 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, I'm not sure but from memory Warner was averaging mid 50's in FC when he got the test gig and had recently scored a double for Aus A. Given that, his call up wasn't completely from left field. I hope you don't take my mentioning him for my advocating his selection as opener, I don't. He's an outstanding talent and after Hobart I believe he has the potential, but mostly I think he might be good at six and bowling some leggies but that's about it.

  • POSTED BY ADB1 on | May 25, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    I do wish people - of any side - would desist with the whitewash predictions. Maybe Glenn McGrath - an all-time great actually still in the side doing the white-washing - had the right to do so, but anyone else? Well, we've seen how predictions of a whitewash in the Ind v Eng and NZ v Eng series have panned out.

    If Beefy's right though, I'll gladly eat humble pie!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    @ HatsforBats. I could never understand why the unknown Warner, after one remarkable T20 innings, was fast tracked from back of beyond to opening for Aus. He was then clearly too inexperienced, and as his record now shows, he is simply not a good test opener. Starting a 5 day match like it is a Saturday night Twitter rampage results in a below par record - just what Warner has. (For what it means, I saw that in the IPL had been moved down the order.)

    To grow & mature, a truly gifted youngster needs the company of men of maturity & experience. A team made up of young talent is simply a team of youngsters, and not a team made up of a nation's best. Talent will out. When it is ignored in older players, and prized only in youth, the compass of common sense has been well and truly abandoned.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | May 25, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Given the propensity of our batting collapsing these days, 5-0 is a definite possibility. Still, I would like to think it will be closer than that. If our bowling fires it will be a good contest, but I can't see our batsmen outscoring England's. Either way I can't see many draws happening. Anderson is pure class these days, but thankfully the team & selectors absolute failure in India has forced their hand into selecting one of the finest batsman we've got. Some usual Botham dribble in their. One of those 35yr olds (Rogers) should have been opening our batting for the last six years, alongside Hussey (an opener by trade), leaving the number six spot free for the introduction of new blood like Hughes, Warner, Khawaja, whomever.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney. Eng's bowling is like Oz's batting right now - one mainstay, respectively Anderson & Clarke - and a wildly inconsistent supporting cast. Swann is yet unproven post surgery, but he could be huge for Eng, giver the recent Oz vs Spin debacle (Spin 12 - Oz 0). But, the same was said of Swann last summer vs SA, & his 4 @ 77 for the series did not bear that out!) Eng have the …. ummm … should have the batting to set formidable targets, tho they have waffled against NZ's underrated attack. Anderson alone can't defend those targets. Lots of spin would aid him. Will we see Monty?

    Oz bowling is a mystery - who be uninjured or not "requiring rotation." Lots of talent, lean on experience &/or fitness. The Oz batting, Warner will have 1 or 2 good innings, Cowan will ave about 35, Clarke could fire, but his England record is middling, & the rest of the batting, its a dice roll whether they did their homework?

    If Finn finds the form he had vs SA, & spin is on offer, Aus lose.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 25, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @ PatrickJM wrote "(Botham's) knowledge of the history of cricket is about as substantial as Chris Martin's batting. Clarrie Grimmett ... played his first test match for Australia in his 35th year."

    Can't disagree with you about Botham - not reknowned for his startling intellect.

    Small point - records show Grimmett's debut @ 33 (but that's not guaranteed.). He did play 1st Class till 50.

    Grimmett is ancient history for Sir Ian, but Basil D'Oliveira WAS the headlines in Beefy's teens, & played his last test 5 years before IB's 1st. Records say he debuted at 35. He later said he was 37 & had lied to improve his test chances. (Grimmett said the same thing!) Grimmett & D'Oliveira both played tests for 6 years.

    John Traicos debuted for SA in their '69-70 series (whitewashed Aus;) In '92, at 45, he played in Zim's 1st tests - 22 years 222 days apart - the record. He debuted 6 years before Botham, & retired after him, in '93!

    You are dead right. Beefy is no cricket historian.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    81 matches 305 wickets @ an avg of 30.14 for Anderson whereas 65 matches for 332 wickets at an avg of 22.65 for Steyn and you say they are in the same class well then even Zaheer Khan is also in the same league with 87 matches 295 wickets @ 32.35(i.e after working hard in Indian pitches)..now accept the fact..there is Steyn.He is a reference book for all the others who strive hard to be near him fighting for ratings.He is the absolute no 1 bowler in the world now.Used Zaheer Khan just bcz am an Indian and more aware about Indian bowlers and conditions.There may be other bowlers with whom Anderson's records may be equaled to.

  • POSTED BY kovin_cricket on | May 25, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Andrson is a pretty good bowler (great to watch and skillful) but he shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as dale Steyn. Unfortunately averages dont lie over a long career. Anderson - Average 30.5 per wicket with a strike rate of 58 Steyn - Average 22 runs per wicket with a strike rate of 40. Not to mention 21X 5 wicket hauls in just over 60 tests. And Steyns been the no 1 bowler since 2008.Its amazing how Dales been able to keep his wicket taking tally up especially in the last 2 years when Vernon Philander has been so destructive. I don't think Jimmy's held the no 1 spot in test rankings. Anderson also struggles against real quality batsmen. How many wickets did he take last year against the like of Amla, kallis, Smith , De villiers. Steyn's the best bowler in this generation by a long shot

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    @Frontfootlunge- mate there is an army of pace bowlers who have 300 wickets or more and averages between 20-24. I can already think of 3 West Indians, 3 from Pakistan, 1 NZ, 3 South Africans and 2 from Australia .Here is Anderson, who mainly bowls in England, averages 25+ at his peak, and has an overall average over 30, and u are calling him a living legend. "Below him and Steyn is a country mile of daylight". Look at their records and u will find that gap between Steyn and Anderson is a country mile.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    wow, so much hype. Anderson I admit is now a very good swing bowler. But broad being the one with pace - he bowls at high 130's at his best and generallly in high 120's to low 130's. And he is using examples of Thompson, who bowled 100 miles, to describe broad. India got that much hype, with Dhoni's captaincy compared to the likes of Imran khan, during their world cup win. Look at them now. Why are people forgetting that apart from the last 1-1.5 hrs, NZ had the upper hand. And Whitewashing Australia, after almost losing 2-0 to NZ. Even Boycott admitted that Australia has a better fast bowling attack. Also what Anderson does at 130-135, Pattinson, ryan harris and starc can do the same at 140-145. If watson bowls, then that is about 4 fast bowlers in seam/swing friendly conditions. So what is botham even talking about. And broad being the one with pace - that is the joke of the year.

  • POSTED BY PatrickJM on | May 24, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    "They've [Australia] brought back players that are 35 years of age; never even heard of in Australia before."

    As fine a player as Botham was, his knowledge of the history of cricket is about as substantial as Chris Martin's batting. Clarrie Grimmett, one of the finest and most renowned legspinners in the history of cricket, played his first test match for Australia in his 35th year. As for his claims of a 5-0 whitewash - mimicking Glenn McGrath outside of cricket disciplines has its hazards. Only 2 teams have claimed whitewashes in 5 match+ series. And yes, they are both Australian. With far better teams than the current England one.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    I remember anderson Getting hammered in Sri Lanka. Sanath Jayasuriya Smacked him 6 condecative fours in one over in his last test match. The Look on Andersons face was priceless.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    "They've brought back players that are 35 years of age; never even heard of in Australia before." Hmmm, what about Bobby Simpson?

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | May 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    We all know Anderson is a champion bowler who is lethal on any pitch in the world, as he proved a long, long time ago. He is a living legend of the game. Below him and Steyn is a country mile of daylight. Keep up the good work Jimmy.

  • POSTED BY whoster on | May 24, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    The great strength of Anderson is his durability and consistency. When conditions are in his favour, he's as dangerous as anyone, but he can also bowl tidily on flat tracks. He shouldn't be mentioned along Steyn though, who's the best fast bowler in world cricket by a mile. His stats really don't lie. As for the whitewash that Sir Beefy predicts is possible, I can't see that happening. England always have a bad game during a series, and only the truly great sides of the Australia and West Indies dynasties were capable of that. I wouldn't complain too vociferously if I was proved wrong, though!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 24, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    I don't think that the Ashes will be easy but I do think that there is a chance of a 5-0 whitewash. That's because neither team is batting brilliantly at the moment so there's every chance that, weather and pitches permitting, there will be a result in every game. If that's the case then I do think that England are good enough to be the one that comes out on top each time. By the same token, it only takes one bad session with the bat to lose a game so it's by no means guaranteed. If Broad has it together again, as it seems he may do, and England can get a third bowler firing, be it Finn, Bresnan or whomever, then they're at least the equal of Australia's much vaunted but still mostly inexperienced pace attack and they are likely to have the edge with the bat on home soil. I don't necessarily expect individual games to be trouncings but it's possible that the series could be. Quite possibly not though.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @360review - 12 wickets in India on flat, filthy wickets. Man of the match in the final test that decided the series.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @360review. Did you not watch England in India? Dhoni reckoned that Anderson was the difference between the two teams. 12 wickets at an average of 30 and rpo of 2.86 - not bad in seam unfriendly conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    360review - see recent series in India. Anderson was outstanding.

  • POSTED BY Jamiew on | May 24, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    360 review are you aware of the recent series in India which England won and Dhoni was quoted as saying that Anderson was the difference between the two sides....

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | May 24, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    @ 360review Serious question, do you even follow cricket properly? because if you did you'd know Anderson has had some terrific performances lately in the Sub Continent. Averaging 21 against Sri Lanka, where he was almost unplayable. 27 in the UAE where again he bowled well and just recently in India av. 30, where he was the only fast bowler on show that shined, with his spells of swing with the new ball and reverse with the old. There hasn't been many places Anderson hasn't performed in the last 4 years or so, that's why he averages 25 since the start of 2010.

    What you've typed is nothing more than a really tired old cliche from the Jimmy Anderson of 2007 and just regurgitating makes you look daft tbh.

  • POSTED BY 360review on | May 24, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    With all due respect Mr. Botham, I don't think Anderson is as skilled as you are trying to project him. He only shines on England and Australian conditions. To be one of the greatest bowlers, you have master all conditions and Anderson is far from it.

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  • POSTED BY 360review on | May 24, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    With all due respect Mr. Botham, I don't think Anderson is as skilled as you are trying to project him. He only shines on England and Australian conditions. To be one of the greatest bowlers, you have master all conditions and Anderson is far from it.

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | May 24, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    @ 360review Serious question, do you even follow cricket properly? because if you did you'd know Anderson has had some terrific performances lately in the Sub Continent. Averaging 21 against Sri Lanka, where he was almost unplayable. 27 in the UAE where again he bowled well and just recently in India av. 30, where he was the only fast bowler on show that shined, with his spells of swing with the new ball and reverse with the old. There hasn't been many places Anderson hasn't performed in the last 4 years or so, that's why he averages 25 since the start of 2010.

    What you've typed is nothing more than a really tired old cliche from the Jimmy Anderson of 2007 and just regurgitating makes you look daft tbh.

  • POSTED BY Jamiew on | May 24, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    360 review are you aware of the recent series in India which England won and Dhoni was quoted as saying that Anderson was the difference between the two sides....

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    360review - see recent series in India. Anderson was outstanding.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @360review. Did you not watch England in India? Dhoni reckoned that Anderson was the difference between the two teams. 12 wickets at an average of 30 and rpo of 2.86 - not bad in seam unfriendly conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @360review - 12 wickets in India on flat, filthy wickets. Man of the match in the final test that decided the series.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 24, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    I don't think that the Ashes will be easy but I do think that there is a chance of a 5-0 whitewash. That's because neither team is batting brilliantly at the moment so there's every chance that, weather and pitches permitting, there will be a result in every game. If that's the case then I do think that England are good enough to be the one that comes out on top each time. By the same token, it only takes one bad session with the bat to lose a game so it's by no means guaranteed. If Broad has it together again, as it seems he may do, and England can get a third bowler firing, be it Finn, Bresnan or whomever, then they're at least the equal of Australia's much vaunted but still mostly inexperienced pace attack and they are likely to have the edge with the bat on home soil. I don't necessarily expect individual games to be trouncings but it's possible that the series could be. Quite possibly not though.

  • POSTED BY whoster on | May 24, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    The great strength of Anderson is his durability and consistency. When conditions are in his favour, he's as dangerous as anyone, but he can also bowl tidily on flat tracks. He shouldn't be mentioned along Steyn though, who's the best fast bowler in world cricket by a mile. His stats really don't lie. As for the whitewash that Sir Beefy predicts is possible, I can't see that happening. England always have a bad game during a series, and only the truly great sides of the Australia and West Indies dynasties were capable of that. I wouldn't complain too vociferously if I was proved wrong, though!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | May 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    We all know Anderson is a champion bowler who is lethal on any pitch in the world, as he proved a long, long time ago. He is a living legend of the game. Below him and Steyn is a country mile of daylight. Keep up the good work Jimmy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    "They've brought back players that are 35 years of age; never even heard of in Australia before." Hmmm, what about Bobby Simpson?