Sydney: In a complete contradiction to what former captain Kevin Pietersen had said, England pace spearhead James Anderson today hailed the former coach Peter Moores and said that he was quite instrumental in transforming him into the leader of the English attack.
Anderson while explaining his elevation as a bowler attributed his growth to the former coach and said that it was not before Moores entrusted him with an added responsibility on the tour of New Zealand in early 2008 that he emerged as a potential weapon for the English cricket.
"Peter Moores wanted me to lead the attack and gave me more responsibility. We were in New Zealand and Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison got dropped, and me and Broady (Stuart Broad) came in. He put a lot of faith in us and gave us a lot of responsibility and I think that`s boosted my confidence," the bowler said.
Pietersen, the captain of the side on that tour, had yesterday claimed that England would not have retained the Ashes with Moores still in charge.
The fast bowler also signified the role of specialist fast-bowling coaches that England have employed in recent years and said that his development got accelerated with their advent.
"Ottis Gibson was fantastic and Allan Donald was in there for a bit and someone I really enjoyed working with," he expressed.
"Now David Saker has been brilliant and we`re learning some good skills. In the four games so far we`ve been able to seam and swing the ball so we can reverse it," Anderson said to `Herald Sun`.
The paceman, who has been the nemesis for the Australian captain Ricky Ponting during the current Ashes series dismissing the right hander cheaply in the first innings of each of the first three Tests, has also learned not to hesitate from confrontation and there is little doubt that the speedster has been able to get on the nerves of some Aussie
"Body language is a huge thing, certainly as a bowler. You don`t want to be seen trudging back to your mark so I try and keep my shoulders back and be as positive as possible. In the past I`ve been pretty average in that aspect," Anderson mentioned.
"It`s just part of my natural game. It really gets me fired up if the time is right. I don`t always do it and I pick the players as well as I possibly can," the bowler added.
The speedster, who is a part of the bowling unit that has so far claimed 70 Australian wickets, praised the effort of his teammates and attributed the Ashes success to the entire team.
"It just shows what strength we have in the squad. We knew how dangerous Chris Tremlett could be on the Australian pitches and he`s proved that. And Tim Bresnan said he bowled like an old pro and that`s exactly what he did. He was very solid and very skillful in the second innings in Melbourne with the reverse swing. Broady was a big loss but it just shows we have guys to cover him," Anderson said.