Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Anderson Praises Victorious Skipper for Toughing It out; CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Anderson Praises Victorious Skipper for Toughing It out; CRICKET

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JAMES Anderson has praised Alastair Cook's resilience, admitting there were times he thought England's Ashes-winning skipper would step down in the face of harsh criticism.

Cook had his leadership skills attacked and his very place in the side questioned as both he and England toiled over a dif-ficult 18-month period.

With many calling for Cook's head in the Test arena he was also dealt the blow of being ousted as one-day captain, but Anderson is delighted he has hit back in the best possible way, winning the Ashes at Trent Bridge.

"I'll be honest, there were times when I thought Cooky was going to quit as captain," England's alltime leading wicket taker said.

"His leadership was criticised, even his personality was vilified. He was subjected to all manner of attacks. But he never lost the respect and support of his players and has now become only the third man after WG Grace and Mike Brearley to captain England to two Ashes successes at home. …

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