Former Australia wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist has claimed that England are too reliant on Jimmy Anderson, after his man-of-the-match performance guided them to victory in the first Ashes test last week.

The 30-year-old bowler took 10 wickets in the match - five in each innings - which included all four dismissals on the final day, giving England a thrilling 14-run win.

His line and length was eventually too good for the Aussies, despite the other bowlers struggling on day five. 

Bowlers Brad Haddin and James Pattinson almost guided the tourists to an unlikely triumph, with a 10th wicket partnership of 65 causing the England problems.

Gilchrist, who was part of three Ashes winning Australian teams, thinks that the visitors can take positives from the fact that only one England bowler caused a lot of damage, ahead of the second test at Lord's, which starts on Thursday.

"Australia hold Anderson in so much higher regard than the rest of the attack," he told BBC Sport.

"They are very, very wary of him and concerned about how consistent he is in any conditions.

"Brad Haddin took a strong attack to Steven Finn and even Graeme Swann, who was off his game to an extent.

"That huge feeling of reliance on Anderson, maybe they can use that to their advantage when coming up against the other bowlers."

 

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