Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jimmy Will Roast Aussies ; EXCLUSIVE - Legend Botham Tells Alice McKeegan Lancs Ace Will Secure Ashes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jimmy Will Roast Aussies ; EXCLUSIVE - Legend Botham Tells Alice McKeegan Lancs Ace Will Secure Ashes

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COOKING UP A STORM Sir Ian Botham preparing for his SIR Ian Botham believes Jimmy Anderson will lead England to Ashes glory this summer. The legendary allrounder is backing Alastair Cook's men to beat the Australians and is expecting Lancashire ace Jimmy Anderson to have a storming series. Botham - who almost singlehandedly guided England to victory over the Aussies in the 1981 series - thinks 30- year-old Anderson will break his longstanding England record haul of 383 Test wickets - and could even go past him in the next 12 months.

Anderson is joint third on the England Test wickets list, level with Fred Trueman with 307.

And in Saturday's comprehensive Champions Trophy win over the Aussies, Anderson passed another Yorkshireman Darren Gough to become the country's leading wicket-taker in one-day cricket with 237.

And Botham told M.E.N. Sport that the 48-run win over Australia at Edgbaston was the first of many victories England will have this summer over their rivals. He said: "It's not about England's chances of winning the Ashes - it's about Australia's chances of getting home without having their backsides kicked all the way home.

"England will win, it's just a matter of how much by.

"Jimmy Anderson has been great for a number of years. He's the leader of the pack - he leads our attack, he's there and people look up to him. He deserves that.

"He's been magnificent over the years and he still is. He's only 30 years of age so he's got a long way to go yet.

"He'll go past me for the record number of wickets for sure. I think it's great.

"The record has been up there for a long time now and it's great for England's cricket that Jimmy's there.

"I expect with the amount of cricket they play and if he keeps himself fit this summer and then in the winter in Australia - there will be 10 Test matches against them in a row - he won't be far off the record then. …

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