Moores enjoys a return to winning

Published: Sunday 26th April 2015 by The News Editor

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England coach Peter Moores was glad to put a disappointing winter behind him and bask in the “euphoria” of a hard fought Test win against the West Indies.

The tourists claimed a nine-wicket victory on the last day in Grenada, defeating both their opponents and a lifeless pitch to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.

It has been several long months since the side last celebrated with such enthusiasm, following a poor run in the one-day game that culminated in World Cup humiliation.

And Moores was happy to take in the moment.

“It was a great win and a great feeling,” he said.

“In many ways it felt like a reward for all the hard work that you’ve seen going on by the players and the coaches, everybody.

“It all comes through and you can feel the euphoria of the win, especially when it wasn’t expected as much and we knew it would be very tough on that pitch.

“It is a great release. It was fantastic, and it was great to see everybody enjoying themselves. We came back to the hotel, there were lots of fans there and it was great.

“It is a big series because we’ve had a tough winter of one-day cricket, so to try and to get people thinking positively about English cricket is key.”

Moores knows better than anyone that he is expected to deliver a series win in the Caribbean, with the incoming chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board Colin Graves promising an inquest should he fail to do so.

So despite his clear satisfaction, Moores is already focusing on finishing the job next week in Barbados.

“I want everyone to really enjoy the win, but then straight away we’re looking at where we can take it to, where we can improve and play better cricket,” he said.

“In this game we could still have played better but the win allows us to take another step forward and it gives everybody confidence.

“We talk about playing bold cricket and it helps when you win because it gives you something back for the hard work and gives you confidence.

“I don’t see it as a relief to have won, I just see it as a reward. The next Test will come along quickly and the excitement now is we’ve got a big Test match coming up and a chance to win the series 2-0.”

Published: Sunday 26th April 2015 by The News Editor

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