Moores lauds Anderson accolade
Peter Moores has praised James Anderson’s adaptability which has seen the seamer named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year.
Moores was Anderson’s England coach until early January and will work with him at Lancashire when the centrally-contracted bowler is made available.
The 26-year-old’s fellow Wisden winners are former Durham captain Dale Benkenstein, South Africa pair Mark Boucher and Neil McKenzie, plus England women’s Claire Taylor – the first woman to receive the accolade since Wisden introduced its honours 120 years ago.
Over the last 12 months Anderson has become the spearhead of England’s attack in the Test and limited-overs international arena.
He was recalled to the Test side in New Zealand last year and helped England to wins home and away against the Black Caps.
Although Anderson’s performances could not inspire victory against South Africa, India and West Indies, he was able to adjust his line and length effectively to suit the conditions.
This was perhaps best demonstrated in his most recent Test, against West Indies at Port-of-Spain, where his epic spell on the final day so nearly squared the series.
Moores said: “I’m delighted for Jimmy, over the past couple of years he has really matured as a person and a cricketer.
"No one works harder on or off the field, which is a contributing factor to him becoming a permanent member of England’s starting XI and the team’s most consistent bowler.
“Jimmy’s swing bowling is perfect for English wickets, as proven during the series against New Zealand and South Africa, but it’s what he has done away from home which is more impressive.
"He went to India last year and learnt how to adapt his game for subcontinent type conditions, and has shown this versatility during the recent tour of the West Indies.
“England’s summer is full of high-profile occasions and I would love nothing more than for James Anderson to play a key role. He thoroughly deserves it after years of dogged determination to be the best at everything he does.”