Australian domestic news November 17, 2009

Moody's future with Western Australia uncertain

Cricinfo staff

The future of Tom Moody as Western Australia's coach will be decided after Christmas as his team continues to struggle in his third year in the job. However, the state's chief executive Graeme Wood has guaranteed Moody, whose three-year contract expires at the end of the season, will coach out the summer.

The recruitment of Moody for 2007-08 was seen as a major coup for Western Australia as he was fresh from a successful period in charge of the Sri Lanka team. Other international sides were keen to sound out Moody, but he preferred to head home to Perth to make life more stable for his young family.

But with the exception of being Twenty20 runners-up in 2007-08, Western Australia's results haven't been impressive during the Moody era. They have finished third and fifth in their two Sheffield Shield campaigns, have come no higher than fifth in the FR Cup and so far this summer they have one set of first-innings points from two four-day games.

"Tom's in his last year so post Christmas we'll have a look at where the side is and address the situation post Christmas," Wood told AAP. "Tom is guaranteed [to coach out the season]. In the four-day game I think we've shown big improvements, so I think the group's starting to learn there. But there's room for improvement in the short form of the game.

"I think our four-day cricket has been quite good but our one-day cricket has been ordinary, and not just this year. I think we've only won three of our last 13 or 14 games and that's just not good enough, so we have to make amends for that and start playing a little bit differently, because the way we are doing it at the moment isn't good enough."