By Chris Devine at Trent Bridge
James Anderson’s dreams came true as he bowled England to victory in the first Investec Ashes Test - and the seamer now plans on getting plenty of sleep before the series continues at Lord’s.
Anderson claimed all four wickets on the final day at Trent Bridge to complete match figures of 10-158, striking thrice in a remarkable 13-over spell before lunch and then returning to pick up the decisive scalp after Brad Haddin and James Pattinson had put on 65 to take Australia within 15 of glory.
Speaking exclusively to ecb.co.uk, the 30-year-old seamer said: “It was incredible really. We knew today we needed someone to stand up and I went to sleep last night thinking I wanted it to be me, and just dreaming about trying to take those last four wickets.
“I didn’t really think that it was going to happen, but I’m delighted with the way things have gone.
“I thought we held our nerve really well; we stayed calm throughout. They batted really well all day, but we were just delighted to get over the line in the end.”
Asked about preparations for the second Test, which starts on Thursday, Anderson added: “I’ll probably sleep for a good couple of days now!"
He continued: “I had a bit of cramp. I bowled a 13-over spell before lunch, which I’m not used to.
“I’ll just try and rest up. Obviously it’s a quick turnaround before Lord’s and hopefully we’ll be firing and ready to go.”
A proven performer all over the world, Anderson has always enjoyed particular success in Nottingham and now boasts 49 wickets from seven five-day outings here.
His only previous 10-wicket haul in Tests also came at Trent Bridge, against Pakistan in 2010.
“I had the nerves going a little bit but I love bowling here,” Anderson explained.
“It’s been good to me over the years and I’m happy that I could pick up some more wickets.”