Cricket - Botham hails England's triple threat

Former all-rounder Sir Ian Botham led the tributes after England claimed a landmark series success in India.

Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell both registered centuries to safely negotiate a draw in the final Test in Nagpur as England sealed a 2-1 win - their first series triumph in India for nearly 28 years. Not many would have predicted that result after a nine-wicket humbling in the first match, but a fabulous team effort has seen them claim an unlikely victory.

Botham was full of praise for seamer James Anderson and spin duo Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, telling Sky Sports 1: "He (Anderson) has been tremendous and he's been well supported. He's been the seamer that's been there throughout the series but he's had - apart from the debacle of the first Test - from the second Test onwards, he's had the two spinners to work with."

He continued: "Between them the combination of those three has been the difference. All three of them out-bowled their opponents.

"Jimmy - he's the leader - Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann is some combination."

Botham, who took 13 wickets and scored a century in a one-off Test to mark the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Golden Jubilee in 1980, also highlighted England's superior fitness in unforgiving sub-continent conditions.

"When you're playing in these conditions it's hard work, it's hot, it's unfriendly to bowlers, it's hard work for batsmen concentrating and all in all England outshone India in every side of fitness," he added.