England coach Moores faces flak for loss in India

November 26th, 2008 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 26 (IANS) England coach Peter Moores has come under fire from media after the side’s humiliating submission in India.India have clinched the seven-match One-day series 4-0 with three matches still to go.

Moores cricket understanding has been questioned as his strategies are being considered medieval.

“The bubbling optimism with which he took over from Duncan Fletcher at the start of the 2007 season has vanished,” former England cricketer and eminent columnist Mike Selvey was quoted as saying in his column in The Guardian.

Selvey wrote that Moores’ appointment, following Fletcher’s departure after a difficult winter and an abject World Cup, was not universally welcomed. Some wanted a foreign coach but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was never going to look beyond its own system.

After being 18 months in the job in which Moores has supervised 66 matches in various formats, the picture is not rosy for this former Sussex coach. Moores has lost more matches than he has won and lost as many series as he has won and the stats don’t represent his progress in a post of probably the highest paid coach.

“The lows, the current series in India apart, came in Test defeats at home to India and away to Sri Lanka, the ICC World Twenty20 and the Stanford fiasco. There were also close calls in back-to-back series against New Zealand,” Selvey said.

“One senior player revealed to me that during the camp Moores ‘in your face’ approach compared unfavourably with Fletcher’s assertive but unobtrusive style. Moores has been forced to adapt, which is not a sign of strength,” said Selvey, a former Surrey player.

England have lagged behind in ODIs for decades and the gap shows no sign of closing. Australia in Tests and now India in one-dayers have shown up more specifically that how skills are utilised and how mental strength is developed to go with them.

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