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England flops must take responsibility, says Anderson
6:00am Sunday 13th April 2014 in Sport
James Anderson believes this winter's Ashes flops must take the responsibility of leading England into their new era.
England are set to name a new coach in the next month, tasking the incoming leader with establishing the shoots of recovery following the 5-0 whitewash Down Under.
Anderson believes, however, that the onus should be on the players rather than the new man.
"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, 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."
England descended into chaos during the winter, which prompted Andy Flower to step down as team director before Kevin Pietersen's controversial axing.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are due to announce Flower's replacement in the next month, with limited-overs boss Ashley Giles and Lancashire coach Peter Moores tipped as the men most likely to get the job.
Anderson has worked under both and is confident either would be a suitable fit to help reinvigorate the national team.
"Ashley Giles and Peter Moores have been named in the shortlist of candidates and, having worked under both, I think they are each well equipped for the job," he said.
"Peter Moores has played a big part in my career and I have always enjoyed his enthusiasm and skill for coaching. Likewise, I have enjoyed working with Ashley Giles, particularly during last year's Champions Trophy (when England reached the final)."
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