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Botham tips Anderson for greatness

Sir Ian Botham expects James Anderson to go far beyond his England record haul of 383 Test wickets after the Lancastrian reached his triple-century in the summer's first Investec Test with New Zealand last week.

Anderson, 30, took seven wickets in the match against the Black Caps to become the fourth England player to reach the milestone before moving on to 305 ahead of this week's second Test at Headingley.

"I've been impressed with Jimmy for years," Botham said. "I think he's magnificent. He's been the leader of the pack for a long time and will be for a long time to come. He gets better and better. I think he'll get 484 (Test wickets). I think he'll go sailing past (my record).

"If I can get Jimmy to have a glass of wine with me, we'll open a very good bottle of wine and enjoy it when he goes past it, because I can't think of a better person to take the mantle over."

Sir Ian Botham

Stuart Broad claimed eight wickets at Lord's, including seven in the second innings which saw England complete victory a with a day to spare.

Botham has predicted a strong summer for England, including in the Investec Ashes, should the bowlers continue firing.

Botham added: "It's a good combination. You've got the tall bowler who hits the back of a length, Stuart Broad, and you've got the swing bowling and the skills of Jimmy Anderson at the other end.

"That's the combinations that work for years and years - (Dennis) Lillee and (Jeff) Thomson, myself and Bob Willis, Broad and Anderson. There's no secret recipe. They're just a good combination.

"It's a perfect build-up for England. New Zealand caused them problems in the winter, on the surfaces we played, which were very flat.

"England started a little slowly here (at Lord's) in this Test match, but got better and better and the way the bowlers came out on that final day, it was obvious they wanted a day off. They were magnificent.

"The runs will come, we know that, (Kevin) Pietersen's to come back into the side. But if the bowling department continue that form, look out Australia."

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