Cook better batsman than KP: Anderson

Last Updated: Jan 06, 2011, 19:03 PM IST

London: England fast bowler James Anderson has once again rubbed Kevin Pietersen the wrong way, saying opener Alaistar Cook is a better batsman than the former captain.

Anderson, who had earlier contradicted Pietersen`s view that sacking of former coach Peter Moores laid the foundation of Ashes victory, said Cook`s mental strength and shot selection marked him out as a special batsman.

"Cooky (Alaistar Cook) has more than 600 runs in the series, so it`s pretty obvious he`s talented. He`s probably more talented than KP," Anderson said.

"KP`s so naturally gifted with the shots he has and Cooky doesn`t have that. He (Cook) relies on the shots that get him runs and his mental toughness to get him through. He has been fantastic on this trip, especially as people were questioning his spot during the summer. He has shown what a player he is," Anderson was quoted as saying.

"Cooky has huge character, huge talent and there were no doubts in our dressing room he`d perform out here. It has been a massive thing for us to be getting off to good starts," said Anderson, who has played a big role in England retaining the Ashes.

Cook became only the second England batsman in the past 40 years to reach 600 runs in a Test series in Australia. The other was Michael Vaughan in 2002-03 when England lost the series 4-1.

With his 189 in England`s first innings in the ongoing fifth Ashes Test in Sydney, Cook has aggregated 766 runs in seven innings.

Cook also passed 5,000 Test runs at the age of 26, making him the second-youngest player to achieve that feat after Sachin Tendulkar.

While Cook continued churning out runs, Pietersen was out for 36, three overs before the end of third day`s play in the fifth Test.

Anderson had earlier praised Moores for keeping faith in him by giving the responsibility of leading the bowling attack in 2008 which, he said, had boosted his confidence.

Pietersen, on the other hand, said England would not have retained the Ashes had Moores been still in charge of England team.