‘I feel it’s the players that have to try and turn things round’, says James Anderson

"A successful team has a group of leaders within the team"

“A successful team has a group of leaders within the team”

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England pace bowler James Anderson has announced that all the players in the national team have to work together to “try and turn things around” following England’s disastrous tour of Australia.

During that tour, England lost batsman Jonathan Trott to a stress-related illness, off-spinner Graeme Swann retired, they were whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes series, Kevin Pietersen’s central contract was terminated and finally, Andy Flower resigned as head coach.

“As important as a head coach is, I feel it’s the players that have to try and turn things round,” Anderson wrote on his personal blog, http://www.jamesanderson613.com. “I honestly believe the group of players that are selected have to take responsibility to try and get the team out of the trough we find ourselves in.

“A successful team is not led by one man. The captain is also important, of course, but a successful team has a group of leaders within the team. We will need a nucleus of four or five leaders who can drive the team in the right direction.”

Anderson also noted that England need to start playing more aggressive cricket as he believes that was one of the core reasons as to why they became the top-ranked Test team in 2011.

“I always thought that we played our best cricket when we are aggressive and calculated,” he said. “Executing well-made plans, creating pressure by bowling accurately for long spells of time and laying a platform with the bat early so our aggressive players can make hay later in the innings.

“People always associate aggression with fast bowling or big hitting or sledging but you can be aggressive in many other ways.

“The best example I can use is when I’m bowling and the ball is swinging, I can be aggressive by bowling an attacking line and length. Swinging the ball away from the line of the stumps and bowling a fuller length is an aggressive way of trying to take wickets.”

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