James Anderson is a captain's dream, says Ian Botham

James AndersonJames Anderson reacts after dismissing Australia's Ashton Agar during the first Ashes cricket test match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England July 14, 2013. (Reuters)

Anderson was England's hero in their nailbiting 14-run win over Australia in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

England great Ian Botham urged James Anderson, a bowler he compared to his old New Zealand adversary Richard Hadlee, be "wrapped up in cotton wool". Also read: James Anderson toast of Britain's papers

"Anderson is a captain's dream," Botham told Sky Sports. "He deserved to pick up that last wicket. I remember those dark days when the coaches decided to change his action -- it was ridiculous. Also read: Faint nick gives England leading edge

"The guy is a natural bowler and it's all his own action. He's worked hard on it," added Botham, who like Anderson is one of only four England cricketers to have taken 300 Test wickets.

Former England captain Botham, who reserved many of his best all-round performances for Australia, added: "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.

"He's just terrific and I think England need to wrap him up in cotton wool, he needs to sit and do nothing and slowly wind up for the next Test on Thursday. Let him rest!

"He's just a magnificent bowler and goodness knows what will happen if he gets injured." Also read: 'Jimmy's day, Jimmy's game,' Alastair Cook hails England's hero

Anderson bowled 13 unchanged overs in yesterday's morning session, taking three for 29 on his way to innings figures of five for 73 and a match return of 10 for 158 as Ashes-holders England went 1-0 up in this five-match series.

At 231 for nine, Australia were 80 runs shy of their victory target of 311. But a last-wicket stand of 65 between Brad Haddin (71) and James Pattinson (25 not out) took them to the brink of a sensational win. Also read: Australia's angst over DRS system in loss

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