Anderson hails fantastic fortnight

The 32-year-old picked up his 384th wicket during the first Test against the West Indies to overtake Sir Ian Botham's previous marker - something Anderson labelled as "fairytale stuff".

He then followed that up with three wickets, two catches and a run-out during Saturday's morning session and England went on to win the second Test by nine wickets.

"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 in the wake of troubles on the pitch and uncertainties off it.

"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.

  James Anderson has enjoyed himself in the Caribbean so far
James Anderson has enjoyed himself in the Caribbean so far