In the England-India stenchfest thread last week, Furball asked how many bowlers had had a series in Australia this century that stood up to Anderson's. Cribbage posted a link from statsguru but because I am better than him I have improved this query and sorted by series.
Bowling records | Test matches | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPN Cricinfo
What's my point? Sure this is a pissweak Australian batting line-up, but given the expectations of how our guys would go, it is quite something. Bresnan second on the list, Anderson third, and Tremlett fourth, if sorted by average. Sort by wickets taken and Anderson and Tremlett stay near the top as well, but obviously Anderson has an advantage over most on that one because he played five games; at the same time that tells you what an effort it is to maintain an average like that, over five Tests, a series length no other fast bowler has dealt with in the last year or so (since the last Ashes basically).
I always tend to take bowling averages with a pinch of salt; I certainly don't think Bresnan had a better series than Steyn did a couple of years back. Nonetheless, if you want to know why we won three games by an innings, this is a good place to start.
Anderson and Tremlett are gonna destroy India at home tbh.