Sam Curran says he was shocked at the criticism levelled at James Anderson after England's three-wicket victory over Pakistan last week, as the veteran seamer rediscovered his form in the second Test.
Anderson looked to be England's most threatening bowler on the first day in Southampton on Thursday as he used the overhead conditions perfectly to return figures of 2-35 and restrict the tourists to 5-126 at the close on a rain-hit day.
After a match aggregate of 1-97 in the first game of the series, Anderson, who now has 592 Test wickets, place in the side was questioned by some sections of the media.
"He (Anderson) went really well today," Curran said.
"I was pretty shocked with all the stuff that was going on about him, he a world-class bowler and anybody who doubts him is not being sensible.
"He has proven how good he is and is now approaching 600 (Test) wickets. I'm sure he will get there."
Curran picked up the key wicket of the set Abid Ali, whose 60 was the only notable score in the Pakistan innings.
The humid conditions made batting more difficult the longer the day went on, according to the left-arm seamer.
"The ball probably did more later in the day," Curran said.
"From them being 2-90 after a couple of drops, we did well to finish where we did. It was good bowling conditions and I thought we bowled really nicely.
"I was just trying to be patient. We spoke about sticking together as a unit and it paid off."
Australian Associated Press