Moores: ‘Brave’ move to drop Cook


Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015 by The News Editor

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England coach Peter Moores admitted it was a “brave decision” to remove Alastair Cook as one-day captain, but believes it was a necessary measure to help the side’s chances at the World Cup.

Cook was last month relieved of his position as leader over the 50-over side, despite the showpiece event in Australia and New Zealand being just around the corner, with Eoin Morgan stepping into the breach.

And Moores, who was part of the selection panel which opted to dislodge Cook, said: “We’d got to a position where it felt like it was the right thing to do. It was a braver decision to change it.

“I’m comfortable with that and I think we’ve got the right people on the plane. We’ve got to go out there now and we’ve got to perform. We’ve got to perform well as a team.

“We’ve got to go there with a strong focus. We go there with a strong ambition to go and win a World Cup.”

Cook presided over a woeful run of results and his own displays in the format left a lot to be desired.

Morgan, though, is in something of a trough too, averaging just 25.45 in 23 ODIs in 2014, and he has gone 20 innings without making a century.

But Moores has backed Morgan to come good, saying: “He will know that form can vary, he will be desperately keen to make sure that he fires as captain.

“He’s a fantastic one-day player, he has got a one-day mindset in how he goes about his cricket and I think he’ll certainly be up for the challenge.”

Moores has no doubt that he will be able to form a successful working relationship with the new captain.

“He’s been very involved in all the decisions anyway because Alastair’s close to Eoin and he’s got a very good cricket brain,” Moores added.

“It’ll be exciting to work with Eoin, I think he’ll bring a lot to the team, (he’s a) very straight forward captain, which will be a good thing for us, and has a very strong desire to go out there and show how well how he can play.”

The team embarked for Australia on Tuesday ahead of their tri-series with the World Cup hosts and India as they bid to lay down a marker for the global event which gets under way next month.

It is the start of a big year for England in which they also hope to regain the Ashes this summer.

To that end, Moores believes the decision to let Cook focus on Tests only will benefit the Test captain and the team itself.

He added: “It’s time for us to move on and also for Alastair to refocus. He’s got lots of Test match cricket to come up this year – he’s got a huge role to play in that – so he’s got a clear focus over the next few months to get ready, to prepare, both for himself and for us as a team.”

Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015 by The News Editor

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