Downton has ‘every faith’ in Moores

Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Under-fire coach Peter Moores is set to hold talks with England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton this week knowing that he has already been given an endorsement to remain at the helm of the national team.

Moores’ future has been the centre-point of debate after England’s early World Cup exit was confirmed with a 15-run defeat to Bangladesh in Adelaide on Monday.

In the wake of the loss – England’s fourth in five games at the tournament – Downton moved quickly to back Moores.

“I have every faith in Peter Moores,” Downton told Sky Sports.

“Part of the reason for appointing Peter Moores was he is a very experienced coach.

“Whoever took this job was going to have a really difficult job.”

Downton has been a strong advocate of Moores since appointing him as England coach for the second time in April last year, at which time he declared him “the leading English coach of his generation”.

Moores was tasked with reviving the national team in all formats in the wake of the 5-0 Ashes whitewash and World Twenty20 failure, but so far England’s results have largely disappointed under him.

England have yet to win a one-day series under Moores, losing 18 of their 27 ODIs, and suffered a first Test series defeat at home to Sri Lanka.

A rousing Test series win against India followed, though, and young players have shown some signs of blossoming as Moores has sought to replace the likes of Jonathan Trott, Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen.

“We had a side that broke up in Australia. We had to introduce new players and part of dealing with it – which was obviously going to be pressurised – was that experience,” Downton added.

“We’re very early into an appointment. Much as we’d like to change things instantly, it takes time.

“We had a very successful team between 2009 and 2013. We have to rebuild again.

“There are no shortcuts. We have to back our players, invest in them and in time we will be back there again.”

But in the past month England have badly under-performed amid accusations the players are being bombarded with statistics.

Moores did little to dispel those theories when he suggested he would need to “look at the data” after the Bangladesh defeat.

The two-time county championship-winning coach was quizzed about his future in the post-match press conference at the Adelaide Oval, when he confirmed he was “desperate” to keep his job, but admitted his fate lay in the hands of Downton and his employers.

“The conversations I’ll have with him, it’s not for me to think about now, that’s something for the next few days and the future really,” Moores said.

“We’ve just exited a World Cup, so I’m not going to start looking at what conversations I’ll have with Paul.”

England on Tuesday flew into Sydney, where they will stew over their premature exit before playing their now meaningless final group game against Afghanistan on Friday. They will then make the long journey home at the weekend.

Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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