Anderson: It’s been emotional

The paceman became England’s leading all-time Test wicket-taker when he picked up his 384th wicket during the first Test against the West Indies and he followed that up with an instrumental performance – including three wickets, two catches and a run-out – on day five of the second Test to help England claim a nine-wicket victory.

“To beat Sir Ian Botham’s record for most Test wickets by an England bowler in my 100th Test was fairytale stuff,” Anderson said in his column in The Sun.

“To follow that by helping us to a brilliant win is almost beyond words.”

Anderson said the victory was especially pleasing for skipper Alastair Cook and head coach Peter Moores after a difficult period on and off the pitch.??

“We are all delighted for Cooky and Peter Moores, too. A new director of England cricket is to be appointed and there is obviously some uncertainty.

“Although things are going on in the background, it’s crucial that we perform on the field.”

The Lancashire seamer is flattered by Cook’s assertion that he is the best bowler in England’s history, but he was quick to point out that even being compared to previous greats is an honour.

“Some might think I am the best – plenty of others will go for Beefy or Fred Trueman. To be mentioned in the same breath as these guys is flattering,” he added.