Anderson weighs up pros and cons of Giles, Moores

England

England fast bowler James Anderson has acknowledged limited-overs coach Ashley Giles and former Test coach Peter Moores are the leading candidates to succeed former head coach Andy Flower.

England fast bowler James Anderson has acknowledged limited-overs coach Ashley Giles and former Test coach Peter Moores are the leading candidates to succeed former head coach Andy Flower.

Flower resigned in the wake of a five-nil Test series defeat to Australia earlier this year. Giles, Moores, Nottinghamshire's Mick Newell and former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss have since emerged as potential successors.

"Ashley and Peter have been named in the shortlist of candidates and, having worked under both, I think they are each well equipped for the job," Anderson wrote on his personal blog.

"Peter has played a big part in my career and I have always enjoyed his enthusiasm and skill for coaching. Likewise, I have enjoyed working with Ashley, particularly during last year's Champions Trophy, when England reached the final.

"The new coach will have an idea of how he wants the team to play, the captain will also have his view on the brand of cricket he wants the team to play. I always thought that we played our best cricket when we are aggressive and calculated."

The English will probably be without batsmen Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen for June's series against Sri Lanka. Trott left the Ashes tour late last year due to a stress-related illness, while Pietersen has been sidelined for the foreseeable future amid accusations of his negative influence among the squad.

"As important as a head coach is, I feel it's the players that have to try and turn things round. I honestly believe the group of players that are selected have to take responsibility to try and get the team out of the trough we find ourselves in," added Anderson.

"A successful team is not led by one man. The captain is also important, of course, but a successful team has a group of leaders within the team. We will need a nucleus of four or five leaders who can drive the team in the right direction."

Latest