James Anderson...England's James Anderson prepares to bowl against New Zealand on the fourth day of the 3rd international cricket test, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, March 25, 2013. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) NEW ZEALAND OUT
James Anderson...England's James Anderson prepares to bowl against New Zealand on the fourth day of the 3rd international cricket test, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, March 25, 2013. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) NEW ZEALAND OUT

London: At first sight I thought ‘she is beautiful, was what Jimmy Anderson thought when he first saw fellow England pacer Stuart Broad with his flowing blond hair, striking blue eyes and a perfect figure. Anderson, the leading Test wicket taker among fast bowlers, revealed this in his new book, ‘Bowl. Sleep. Repeat.’ The 36-year-old, who has taken 575 wickets from 148 Tests, also wrote about off-spinner Graeme Swann’s ‘loudest fart’ during a team meeting addressed by coach Andy Flower.

“The first time Stuart Broad walked into the dressing room, with his flowing blond hair, striking blue eyes and perfect figure, I thought: ‘My God, she’s beautiful’. “It’s surreal we’ve taken more than 1,000 wickets between us,” Anderson wrote in the book, excerpts of which were published by British tabloid ‘The Sun’. “We’ve never been in competition as bowlers because our skills are different. Stuart has been under pressure at times from bowlers who get steep bounce and move the ball off the seam and I have from the skiddier ones who swing the ball. It’s never been me or him in selection,” the pacer, known for his swing bowling, wrote. Anderson said that part of the duo’s evolution as partners has been talking a lot.