Coach to spend up to five years with Warriors June 27, 2007

Moody not thinking about what could have been

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Tom Moody has turned his back on international cricket for the time being © Getty Images

Tom Moody has ruled out a return to international coaching in the immediate future and he is looking forward to "three to five years" with Western Australia. Moody has confirmed his decision to relocate to Perth was based mostly on family reasons.

"I've had a taste of international cricket - it's very demanding, particularly when you've got a young family," Moody told The West Australian. "At this stage of my life and career, I don't see myself looking at international posts in a short or mid-term. Who knows in the long term what will happen? Certainly in the next three to five years I look forward to working at this level."

Moody quit as Sri Lanka's coach after the World Cup and despite being mentioned as a candidate for several other international positions, he signed a three-year deal with Western Australia. He said the chance to return to where he had scored a state-record 8853 Pura Cup runs was ideal for him, as well as his wife and two children.

"When I sat down and looked at what the important things are in my life at this stage, it became pretty clear and then it became a lot easier," he said. "This was a terrific opportunity for me to relocate the family to a place that I grew up in and am very fond of, and have the opportunity to work at the WACA where I've had many, many enjoyable years as a player."

Moody said he did not expect his arrival to revolutionise the Warriors, and better results on the field could only be achieved if the players constantly challenged themselves. One of the main differences next season will be the change in captaincy, after Justin Langer stepped down from the role.

"With the change of chief executive with Graeme (Wood) heading the WACA and a new coach involved, it's probably the right time to look for the next three to five years," Moody said. "I don't think Justin has quite got that left in him, but he may have one or two years. The timing was probably right and we've got plenty of candidates who I'm sure will be eager to take on that responsibility."

However, Langer will play on for the Warriors, meaning he is almost certain to break Moody's state record for runs scored next season. Sitting third on that all-time list is another player who will occasionally represent Western Australia in 2007-08, Michael Hussey.