England vice-captain James Anderson has told his teammates that they need to become more vocal and get involved before the team's next Test match against New Zealand later this month.
After a dismal Ashes series in which England suffered a 4-0 defeat, Anderson is calling for more noise and character from within the dressing room to inspire a successful comeback.
Anderson has retained the role vice-captaincy by the ECB ahead of the returning Ben Stokes, who has his trial for affray set for August 6.
Stokes had been due to serve as Joe Root's deputy for the Ashes tour of Australia before he was charged along with two other men following an incident in Bristol in September, when he was arrested during a night out after a one-day international against West Indies.
In his absence, 134-test veteran Anderson was named vice captain and the second most capped England player of all-time is pleased to back in a position of responsibility.
Speaking about his re-appointment, Anderson said he will now be expecting various other less experienced players to start having more of an input in the dressing room.
“I’m delighted Joe’s asked me to do it again for these two Test matches,” as per The Mirror.
“But it’s a group effort, a team, we need everybody’s input. We need the younger guys to start chirping up a bit more to be honest and having some more input."
“That’s what we want to do as a team – get to a point where everyone has their say. We’ve got an open and honest dressing-room, all we’re trying to do is improve this team."
“It probably is one of the quieter dressing rooms. I think the Ashes wouldn’t have helped in that respect because that’s as pressurised an environment as you can get. Hopefully we can kick on from there”.
Anderson has every right to be calling for more from his team after his own personal bowling performances in Australia highlighted a gulf between himself and others in the England set up.
Despite being a relative veteran at 35, Anderson showed impressive form, taking 17 wickets at 27.82 and limiting the Aussies to barely more than two runs an over.
And the Lancashire star appears to have picked up where he left off by taking four wickets in England's tour match against a New Zealand XI on Wednesday.
Tom Blundell and Kyle Jamieson both hit centuries on day one in Hamilton as the hosts recovered from 30-5 to 376 all out.
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