Anderson: Cook deserves credit
James Anderson feels Alastair Cook deserves more credit but insists the England captain is only concerned about his standing among the players.
Many well-known faces from within the game have had their say on Cook's captaincy, with Australia head coach Darren Lehmann and their former spin bowler Shane Warne deriding the Essex batsman's ability to lead a team despite his fantastic record since replacing Andrew Strauss.
Despite Lehmann labelling Cook a boring captain, the 28-year-old oversaw a 3-0 Ashes success over Australia and will lead England Down Under this winter in search of a fourth successive Ashes success.
Anderson believes Cook should be getting more recognition for the big part he is playing in a successful era for English cricket even though the skipper knows he has the backing of the squad.
"He certainly isn't getting the credit at all," Anderson said.
"I think if you look at the record since he took over as captain at how many series we have won and how many Test we have won it speaks volumes for what he has done as a captain.
"Just because he doesn't set the strange fields that [New Zealand captain] Brendon McCullum sets doesn't mean that he is any worse of a captain than him.
"Everyone in the dressing room is very fond of him, we love what he does as captain and I think he leads from the front as well.
"The captaincy has helped his batting in the main and I think he does deserve a lot more credit than he is getting.
"But because he has got the respect of the dressing room he probably wont be bothered about the credit from people on the outside, he gets the plaudits in the dressing room and that is the main thing."
Despite not winning four Ashes series on the bounce for over 100 years, England will be favourites to retain the urn after dominating in recent years.
But Anderson believes England will have to improve on their performances from this summer if they are to record a memorable series win Down Under.
"We are very aware that the series just gone could have gone either way," he said.
"A lot of games were very tight and they could've very easily won a few of them so we know the gap is not that wide.
"Going to Australia they will be confident I imagine that they can beat us and we are going to have to improve on our performances throughout the summer if we are going to win out there."