November 26, 2008

England in India 2008-09

Bleak outlook for barren Moores

George Binoy

Facing yet another one-day humiliation, England's coach Peter Moores knows his time in the top job is rapidly running out, writes Mike Selvey in the Guardian.

A year and a half, in which time Moores has supervised 66 matches in various formats, is an adequate time in which to form a picture and it is not looking too favourable. Brickbats came his way last winter for the boot-camp approach to training and as, one senior player told me at the time, his "in your face" approach compared unfavourably with Fletcher's assertive but considered and unobtrusive style. Moores has been forced to adapt, which is not a sign of strength. In his captain, Kevin Pietersen, he has a dominant personality who was known not to have a close relationship with him and who likes his own way. Moores' influence, already thinning, has been diluted further.

Michael Vaughan is full of enthusiasm as he talks about life with the young England hopefuls who aspire to achieve a fraction of what he has, writes Paul Newman in the Daily Mail.

‘Do you know what? This is exactly what I needed,’ says the former captain who won the Ashes. ‘To be taken back to where I started. There’s no luxury, no staying at five-star accommodation. I’m in a real refreshed state of mind, just looking forward to getting out there and working on my game. I haven’t done that for a while.’

Vaughan is with the England Performance Squad in Bangalore, staying at spartan digs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and looking forward to the rest of his life. It is a life that he insists will include more Test cricket for England. He looks fit, tanned and younger than his 34 years.


George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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