Moody open to England cricket coach job

January 9th, 2009 - 5:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Jan 9 (ANI): Western Australias coach Tom Moody has said that he has no contact yet with English cricket authorities about the vacant national coaching position, but admitted if a call did come, he would have to listen.

Moodys name has risen to the top of the list of candidates to replace Peter Moores, who was sensationally dumped along with captain Kevin Pietersen just six months out from the Ashes, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

His experience in England with Worcestershire, and his successful tenure in charge of Sri Lanka, has made Moody one of the most notable coaching names in world cricket, and has reportedly made him one of the main men the ECB want to talk to.

Returning to Perth after seeing WA flogged by Victoria in the Twenty20, Moody said he and his family were happy in Perth and he was relishing taking charge of the Warriors.

But he also pointedly refused to rule out the possibility of taking England into the Ashes later this year.

I am aware of the speculation but that is about it. No (I have not had a call), Moody said.

I am very happy where I am, and am enjoying what I am doing. What we are seeing in the press is pure speculation, obviously there is a lot going on in English cricket in the last couple of days.

I have had no formal approach and until I do I dont need to really think or consider anything. It is flattering and I suppose the time I spent in England my name is always going to come up when jobs like this come up, he said.

You would look at anything, and in this day and age you are not going to turn your back at any opportunity. But clearly I am happy in Perth, my family is settled and I have a great job - I have got no reason to be looking further, he added.

Former England skippers David Gower and Ian Botham, former coach David Lloyd and respected BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, as well as several national newspapers, all mentioned Moody as a possible candidate.

Speaking to an English newspaper overnight, Moody denied that he had ruled the job out for the next three to five years. (ANI)

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