An­der­son’s blast for

Daily Star - - STAR SPORT - By ROD­NEY WHITE

taken 950 Test wick­ets be­tween us. We’re do­ing the best we can. We’re try­ing to per­form to turn this team around.

“I know we’ve been on a re­ally bad run of form this win­ter and the first Test here and in these sit­u­a­tions you need play­ers to stand up and put in match-win­ning per­for­mances.

“We’ll try to block out the noise from who­ever is shout­ing out.

“When you suffer a heavy de­feat there’s al­ways a lot of noise around. Lots more opin­ions come out. This has to be done; that has to be done. The out­side noise is al­ways there and it’s a bit louder when you per­form badly.

“That’s some­thing you’ve just got to deal with as a sports­man and block out as best you can.”

The 35-year-old added: “I don’t think there is a prob­lem.

“I just think we’re po­ten­tially low on con­fi­dence. You suffer a few de­feats and you need some­thing spe­cial to turn it around.

“It needs some­thing just to turn it round, a bit of luck or some­thing. I think it’s quite easy for the con­fi­dence of the team to take a hit when you have a de­feat like that.

“So it’s go­ing to take some spe­cial in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances this week.

“If you get one or two in­di­vid­u­als stand­ing up, then peo­ple can pig­gy­back on that and get con­fi­dence from other peo­ple’s per­for­mances as well.”

Sur­rey left-arm seamer Sam Cur­ran, 19, has been drafted into the squad as cover for Ben Stokes, who is suf­fer­ing with a tight left ham­string.

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