Moores: We’re getting somewhere

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Published: Monday 4th May 2015 by The News Editor

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England head coach Peter Moores has launched a staunch defence of his position, calling for patience rather than persecution after his latest setback in the West Indies.

Moores is once again fending off questions about his suitability for the role, after following a dismal World Cup campaign with a Test series draw in the Caribbean.

England were widely expected to emerge victorious, particularly after taking a 1-0 lead into the decisive match.

But some loose batting in both innings cost them dear in the final Test in Bridgetown as the hosts secured a five-wicket win.

Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves’ pre-tour promise to launch an inquiry should the visitors not win the Wisden Trophy outright now appears ominous ahead of his start date next week.

But Moores, who has been sacked from the role once before in 2008, is ready to fight for his future.

“I get the frustrations: people wanting to win now, be successful, be consistent – especially coming off the back of what was a very, very good era for English cricket,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I hold those frustrations myself, but I also understand from being in the game 30-odd years that it doesn’t work like that all the time.

“You have to support people and at times you have to give them really tough messages, that things weren’t acceptable.

“We want support. That’s what we want as a group, as a coach, to go forward and try to get ready for the summer.

“From an inquiry point of view, we’re under the spotlight anyway. There’s an inquiry every day in how it goes on.”

Moores also opened up on his own credentials to lead the side back to glory.

The bare facts show he has overseen just 15 wins in 40 matches across all formats since being reappointed, but he sees that period as the first footsteps of a young side.

Having given the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Matt Prior their head in his first stint in charge, he is now starting to see the likes of Gary Balance, Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali grow on the world stage.

“What I would say is I think my record as a coach is strong,” he said. “The players I’ve worked with, I think we’ve seen good improvements in.

“The difficult thing when you’re judging coaches is you’re not in the dressing room – you can’t be there. I understand that.

“But what we’ve seen on this trip is a really committed bunch of players. They’ve gone for it, absolutely.

“I think we’ve made no bones about the fact we’re emerging as a team.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the group of players and I think we’re getting somewhere. Anyone who watches them play knows there is talent in our group.

“What we’re trying to develop in this team, which takes a bit of time, is that sort of edge, that ruthlessness to drive home winning positions.

“We have an urgency in the group to make sure we improve quickly enough to be competitive this summer.”

One player who appears to be at the opposite end of his journey is Jonathan Trott.

He was recalled after 18 months battling situational anxiety to provide an experienced head at the top of the order.

But he averaged just 12 in six innings, making three ducks and looking ill at ease throughout.

It is now, as Moores tacitly acknowledged, the end of the road.

“I don’t regret it. It was right to give him another chance,” he said.

“He had a chance to give it another go. It’s not worked out, unfortunately. It didn’t happen for him.

“He’ll have time to reflect and he’ll make his decision as to how he goes forward.”

Published: Monday 4th May 2015 by The News Editor

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