England news May 2, 2014

England identity crisis tops Moores' agenda

The Peter Moores revolution will be a gradual and balanced one, focused on creating a more confident, self-sustaining culture for English cricket
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English cricket feels as if it is out of kilter, and so, like England invariably does at such times, it is searching for consensus. Do you want to know what the future of English cricket will look like? "Like most things it's about balance," Peter Moores said. It will not get any more revolutionary than that.

Somewhere at the centre of this rebalancing exercise is a search for Englishness, a yearning not to follow the mindset of football and regard foreign intervention as automatically superior - imagine the scathing response if an English manager, even a highly successful one, sought to develop an egotistical persona like Jose Mourinho - but to create a feeling of national unity and pride in the manner that Stuart Lancaster has achieved with England's rugby union side.

Defining Englishness is hard enough. The Australians believe in their courage and resilience and the mystical properties of the Baggy Green, India draws strength from the passion and the wealth that cricket creates. But since the Empire retreated into history and present-day pomp and pageantry, for many, became largely a way to bring the tourists in, England has struggled to construct a true, living sense of national identity.

Englishness seems to be about irony, self-effacement, pragmatism and, increasingly, the right to individuality. As Jeremy Paxman wrote in The English: "It is based on values that are so deeply embedded in the culture that it is almost unconscious."

None of these values fit easily with success in team sport. But after a decade of reliance upon southern African coaches - and the ordered, prescriptive ways of Duncan Fletcher and Andy Flower brought many benefits - and also importing players with a powerful South African yearning to succeed, it is the aim of Moores, his self-effacing captain, Alastair Cook, and the MD of England cricket, Paul Downton, who has spent much of his life since retirement in the rarefied world of the City, to find a way to do it.

One thing there will be, says Moores, in an England dressing room overseen by himself and his assistant Paul Farbrace, is a recognition that there are times to lighten the mood.

"Losing is tough - this winter would have been tough," he said. "Sometimes the time when the pressure is at the most extreme is when you want to be at your lightest. The general rule for me is, when the pressure is on, you try to take it off and when there's none there, you shove it on."

Gradually, we are learning about Moores' England. As far as the coaching and support staff is concerned, the broad church will remain - it is just that they won't all be trying to cram into the pulpit.

Moores knows that knowledge is essential, but he reasserted, too, that there comes a time when it is understood that it is down to 11 players to have the talent and self-reliance and, yes, a powerful sense not just of individual ambition but of national pride, to go out and do their stuff.

This might not be revolutionary, but it is common sense. Moores' English revolution will not be jingoistic. Not for a moment will it overlook the importance of planning: essentially that is where his coaching excellence lies. But when the preparation is over, the overriding purpose will be to restate the notion that the togetherness that matters is that of the 11 players on the field.

"My basic rule of thumb on most things is that when you are preparing, a big resource of coaches is fine," Moores said, "but when you are actually playing you have to be careful there aren't too many people around because the players forget to connect to each other.

"The most important thing is that you play as a team - 11 blokes go and play against the opposition - coaches don't play the game. So you don't want the player connecting to a coach or multiple coaches rather than his team-mates.

"The job is that the players unite to play the game: and they deliver, they come off, they talk with each other. They have to be savvy and brave as players and they have to work that out amongst themselves to get out there and play. It is a balance of both - good coaching to help with preparation and then players playing."

Graham Gooch left on Thursday, replaced under the "freshen things up" mantra, perceived perhaps as a bit long in the tooth, a bit uninspiring, the fact that he is mentor to Cook unable to save him. He took his dog thrower with him, although it is unlikely he is ready yet to use it solely to throw balls for dogs.

But even Gooch is not being dispensed with entirely. "He still has great relationships with some of the batters and he plays golf with them, so his bank of knowledge isn't going to disappear," Moores said. The same goes for Richard Halsall, the fielding coach, whose role will now largely be undertaken by the new assistant coach, Farbrace. But Halsall will be on call, his expertise utilised from time to time.

Others, such as Phil Neale, the England team manager, and Mark Bawden, the psychologist, might also be nervously awaiting a phone call in the coming days. Neale, who will be 60 in June, has been with the team since 1999 and has a reputation for ensuring things run smoothly behind the scenes, while Bawden's standing was strong until the Ashes but took a knock after the obvious mental disintegration of several of the squad on that tour.

"I hope we connect to the public so they see what we are trying to do. We want to put forward what's happening with the England team, how the lads are playing and portray that the future is more exciting than the past"
Head coach Peter Moores

Less than a week away from his first match in charge - a potential pit trap against Scotland in Aberdeen - Moores has also become the first England coach to distance himself from a cookbook.

When England issued their dietary requirements ahead of the Ashes tour in Australia last winter, the recipes themselves, taken in isolation, could not be faulted in nutritional terms - not even the quinoa, cranberry and feta salad. But to deliver a 70-page glossy cookbook in such an overbearing fashion suggested that England's ever-growing investment in a vast support staff charged with achieving marginal gains had begun to lose sight of reality.

"Like most things it's about balance," Moores said. "You look at everything to see if it's still in balance and redress any imbalances. If it has become too sciencey you wouldn't want to go all the way back to just gut feeling - you would sit somewhere in the middle and pay attention to both. Food, having a beer, relaxing: you balance them all. Crikey, they are normal people and they have to able to enjoy themselves. They don't want to eat boiled chicken every day.

"I obviously wasn't there, I was eating Lancashire hotpot. But the players we have - everyone knows what you should and shouldn't have and what affects you, you have a job to do and to stay in good shape."

So a relaxation of sorts then, but no suggestion that he go so far as to take a leaf out of Nigel Farage's book and base his methodology on posing with a pint whenever a cameraman is in the vicinity.

Moores knows that he takes over with disenchantment running high among many England supporters. There were complaints about a disconnect between the England team and the public long before the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

The subsequent removal of Kevin Pietersen is still resented by the vast majority - 75% according to one large, if unscientific, ESPNcricinfo poll - of the English cricketing public. He was a maverick, a grating personality for some, a malcontent when things went badly, removed to make the job of Moores and Cook easier, a salutary reminder while we are considering the English national character that hypocrisy is never too far away.

"I hope we connect to the public so they see what we are trying to do," Moores said. "It is really important, I think, that Kev can have his say, but we want to put forward what's happening with the England team, how the lads are portraying themselves, how they are playing and portray that as more exciting - that the future is more exciting than the past."

In a perfect world that future would no longer be overly reliant on southern African imports or on merely the cricketing skills taught in a privileged English private education. With the help of a drive to keep cricket relevant in the inner cities, the continued influence of forces for change such as Chance to Shine and, who knows, perhaps even a more successful domestic T20 tournament, the future could touch talented young cricketers in all parts of society.

In this new England what would Moores' message be? The answer was less prescriptive than many answers we have become used to in recent years.

"If I had a message to a young player it would be 'Come with your own mind. Imagine what you could try and do and then go and do it.'"

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • dunger.bob on May 3, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    I was actually pretty impressed with a couple of things Moores said here. I loved the bit about coaches not being able to play for you and that when the crunch comes it's the players who have to use their instinct, skill and experience out on the field. In other words, back yourselves to come up with a solution - don't wait for the coach to do it for you. I think that's the polar opposite of what was happening with Flower if you can believe the press reports.

    Another thing I liked was his attitude to pressure. When it's high - release it. When it's low - build it up a bit. That sounds good to me. A high performing sports unit should thrive on pressure as long as it's regulated to stay just below the red-line most of the time.

    Finally, it seems weird that any sporting team from such an ancient culture would be struggling to project it's Englishness, but that's what he said. .. my advice is don't try too hard on that. Team spirit will take care of it naturally.

  • dunger.bob on May 5, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    @ SoyQuearns : Add Abbott from NSW to youe list of fast bowlers. He's a chest on right armer with some serious mojo.

  • SoyQuearns on May 5, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    @landl47 - you have no spinners, your most recently accessed, and drastically failed, young pace answers are Rankin and Finn, basically nobody can hit 150kph/95mph, Root is, for the moment at least, overrated, Stokes looks the goods, as does Moeen Ali, and Ballance looks like he can become something.

    But Borthwick and Kerrigan are your two major spin options, with Kerrigan owning the (at last I checked) best FC bowling average of any of your regular spinners. And he's junk at Test level, mark my words, he'll never overcome that horror.

    So there's a couple of decent players on the horizon for England, and so there should be with 16 teams and a wealthy ECB. But the people I listed in my riposte are legit, so if we drop our (hopefully) tongue-in-cheek 'you have no depth' back-and-forth you must be able to acknowledge that we really do have depth, regardless of what you say of your own.

    Seriously - look the players I mentioned up. You'll see how wrong you are.

  • SoyQuearns on May 5, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    @landl47 - in response to your 'Australia is old' - please look these names up:

    Pace: M Starc, J Hazlewood, P Cummins, J Pattinson, B Cutting, J Faulkner, T Copeland, J Behrendorff, N Coulter-Nile, J Bird, A McDermott, G Sandhu, K Richardson, J Mennie, G Putland, C Sayers

    Spin: S O'Keefe, A Zampa, J Muirhead, A Agar

    Batsmen: U Khawaja, C Lynn, J Burns, D Warner, S Smith, G Maxwell, P Hughes, A Finch, A Doolan, J Silk, N Maddinson, C Ferguson

    Keepers: S Whiteman, T Paine, R Carters

    All-rounders: M Marsh, M Henriques, J Faulkner (again)

    These aren't just whims, these are young players with excellent domestic stats already. So for each player listed here there'd be about as many who have equal potential but just haven't had the exposure yet.

    AND - all players listed ARE UNDER 30, some of them have already forged excellent international careers, some are being blooded into internationals and the list is just off the top of my head and covers all disciplines.

    Your cupboard is bare.

  • landl47 on May 5, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    @real_gone_gadd: Yes, that would be my line-up too, subject to fitness, but I'd have Bell at #3.

  • redneck on May 5, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    @landl47 dont worry about our backyard mate, 130 years and never lost the ashes in a white wash. 2 of your last 3 visits resulted in just that!!! johnson is no where near done but fortunatly when he is we have a like for like replacement in starc. he along with pattinson and cummins are going to make sure we hold the ashes for another 20 years!!! whats next for england, opening up a centre for excellence in cape town? perhaps getting south africans into the english education system so they too can have a bit of 'englishness' about them by the time they get selected for the england test side? bet those sub continent like wickets you rolled out for us in the ashes last year revert to soggy english green tops for the lankans and indians this year!!! england will never be successful while they dont have a captain with balls and 10 other crickets who want to succeed at all costs with past failures burning away at them driving them to succeed. too many comfortable players with no hunger!!!

  • landl47 on May 4, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    @FFLNAH: I think you'll be eating your words about Root before very long. As for England being competitive, how long will Johnson keep going well? He's 32, one of 6 Australians older than the oldest England player in the respective test sides this year. After they go, it's Aus who will be struggling- England's young talent is much better.

  • real_gone_gadd on May 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    First Test lineup should be Cook, Robson, Root, Bell, Ballance, Moeen, Prior, Woakes, Broad, Jordan, Anderson

  • cloudmess on May 4, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    I love Moody saying Moores is the right man for the job - he must be rubbing his hands with glee. But while we're at it, I always thought Mickey Arthur was the best man to coach Australia. Perhaps, rather like England have done with Moores, they could bring him back if things if things don't work out with Lehmann?

  • 12thUmpire on May 3, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Right time to resurrect Bopara! It's unwise to expose him under English conditions to the attacks of SA, Aus, & Pak. But against the other oppositions, and ONLY against those, the accusation that he is an "all rounder" may well have some basis! Expect him to have an easy home Summer, start him against Scotland.

  • dunger.bob on May 3, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    I was actually pretty impressed with a couple of things Moores said here. I loved the bit about coaches not being able to play for you and that when the crunch comes it's the players who have to use their instinct, skill and experience out on the field. In other words, back yourselves to come up with a solution - don't wait for the coach to do it for you. I think that's the polar opposite of what was happening with Flower if you can believe the press reports.

    Another thing I liked was his attitude to pressure. When it's high - release it. When it's low - build it up a bit. That sounds good to me. A high performing sports unit should thrive on pressure as long as it's regulated to stay just below the red-line most of the time.

    Finally, it seems weird that any sporting team from such an ancient culture would be struggling to project it's Englishness, but that's what he said. .. my advice is don't try too hard on that. Team spirit will take care of it naturally.

  • dunger.bob on May 5, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    @ SoyQuearns : Add Abbott from NSW to youe list of fast bowlers. He's a chest on right armer with some serious mojo.

  • SoyQuearns on May 5, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    @landl47 - you have no spinners, your most recently accessed, and drastically failed, young pace answers are Rankin and Finn, basically nobody can hit 150kph/95mph, Root is, for the moment at least, overrated, Stokes looks the goods, as does Moeen Ali, and Ballance looks like he can become something.

    But Borthwick and Kerrigan are your two major spin options, with Kerrigan owning the (at last I checked) best FC bowling average of any of your regular spinners. And he's junk at Test level, mark my words, he'll never overcome that horror.

    So there's a couple of decent players on the horizon for England, and so there should be with 16 teams and a wealthy ECB. But the people I listed in my riposte are legit, so if we drop our (hopefully) tongue-in-cheek 'you have no depth' back-and-forth you must be able to acknowledge that we really do have depth, regardless of what you say of your own.

    Seriously - look the players I mentioned up. You'll see how wrong you are.

  • SoyQuearns on May 5, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    @landl47 - in response to your 'Australia is old' - please look these names up:

    Pace: M Starc, J Hazlewood, P Cummins, J Pattinson, B Cutting, J Faulkner, T Copeland, J Behrendorff, N Coulter-Nile, J Bird, A McDermott, G Sandhu, K Richardson, J Mennie, G Putland, C Sayers

    Spin: S O'Keefe, A Zampa, J Muirhead, A Agar

    Batsmen: U Khawaja, C Lynn, J Burns, D Warner, S Smith, G Maxwell, P Hughes, A Finch, A Doolan, J Silk, N Maddinson, C Ferguson

    Keepers: S Whiteman, T Paine, R Carters

    All-rounders: M Marsh, M Henriques, J Faulkner (again)

    These aren't just whims, these are young players with excellent domestic stats already. So for each player listed here there'd be about as many who have equal potential but just haven't had the exposure yet.

    AND - all players listed ARE UNDER 30, some of them have already forged excellent international careers, some are being blooded into internationals and the list is just off the top of my head and covers all disciplines.

    Your cupboard is bare.

  • landl47 on May 5, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    @real_gone_gadd: Yes, that would be my line-up too, subject to fitness, but I'd have Bell at #3.

  • redneck on May 5, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    @landl47 dont worry about our backyard mate, 130 years and never lost the ashes in a white wash. 2 of your last 3 visits resulted in just that!!! johnson is no where near done but fortunatly when he is we have a like for like replacement in starc. he along with pattinson and cummins are going to make sure we hold the ashes for another 20 years!!! whats next for england, opening up a centre for excellence in cape town? perhaps getting south africans into the english education system so they too can have a bit of 'englishness' about them by the time they get selected for the england test side? bet those sub continent like wickets you rolled out for us in the ashes last year revert to soggy english green tops for the lankans and indians this year!!! england will never be successful while they dont have a captain with balls and 10 other crickets who want to succeed at all costs with past failures burning away at them driving them to succeed. too many comfortable players with no hunger!!!

  • landl47 on May 4, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    @FFLNAH: I think you'll be eating your words about Root before very long. As for England being competitive, how long will Johnson keep going well? He's 32, one of 6 Australians older than the oldest England player in the respective test sides this year. After they go, it's Aus who will be struggling- England's young talent is much better.

  • real_gone_gadd on May 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    First Test lineup should be Cook, Robson, Root, Bell, Ballance, Moeen, Prior, Woakes, Broad, Jordan, Anderson

  • cloudmess on May 4, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    I love Moody saying Moores is the right man for the job - he must be rubbing his hands with glee. But while we're at it, I always thought Mickey Arthur was the best man to coach Australia. Perhaps, rather like England have done with Moores, they could bring him back if things if things don't work out with Lehmann?

  • 12thUmpire on May 3, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Right time to resurrect Bopara! It's unwise to expose him under English conditions to the attacks of SA, Aus, & Pak. But against the other oppositions, and ONLY against those, the accusation that he is an "all rounder" may well have some basis! Expect him to have an easy home Summer, start him against Scotland.

  • geoffboyc on May 3, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    If an Australian (Tom Moody) is telling us Moores is the man for the job then it increases my existing concern about the appointment. All the blather about Englishness bothers me as well. Either players can perform with bat or ball or they can't. If the selectors wish to pick eleven born and bred Anglos they can do so. Continual comparisons with the other major team (contact) sports are simply ludicrous. Moores must be given a chance now, but his failure to nurture and improve much batting talent through the Lancs ranks in recent years doesn't augur well. And wouldn't Anderson and Bell find it far more useful playing against Sussex and Middlesex respectively for their Counties rather than pitting their talents against a team who failed to win a single Yorkshire Bank 40 game last season?

  • fletchrf on May 3, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    A move away from the South African second team is go be welcomed.

    A clear recognition that players have responsibility and should have pride in their work is also sound. What would also be welcome is a willingness to pick someone and then allow them a good run to justify their selection. Those who mourn the passing of KP should be willing to allow newcomers as many poor innings as they allowed him. In that way, the youngsters will learn to develop international standards.

    Finally I hope Farbrace, if he is to take over the fielding coaching, recognises how many games Australia have won by chasing every single ball when in the field

  • Jezc on May 3, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    what is the point of this one day game almost 2 weeks before we play Sri Lanka ? Surely the players could have played for their counties and travelled up on the Wednesday ? I may go to Old Trafford over the next few days but I will be deprived of seeing 4 top players because of this. No wonder county cricket is dying

  • on May 3, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    England are, always have been, and likely ever will be a modest cricketing nation. Cricket is so far down the list of sports that are played in the UK. It is dwarfed by so many other games. It is also so reliant on the English weather that playing it at all for 7 months of the year is a no-no.

    There are very few facilities, and very little cash for such an expensive game to play. All kids these days have to wear a helmet by law. As a consequence, kids don't play - at all.

    Coaches in the UK hate individuality. We will never have a Doosra bowler, or a Dohni style batsman. As soon as a UK coach saw someone with those biomechanics they'd coach it out of them, or ban them from representative cricket.

    We are not good enough, rich enough or have the facilities or climate to be long term contenders in world cricket. Here is is a minority game that is entirely unsuitable for our wet country. England peaked in 2005, again in 2011, that's about the best it's ever going to get

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 3, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    The potential problem is the ECB may be unconsciously incompetent. They still seem very scared/reluctant to think outside the box and try something new, different, and exciting. Many England fans' fear is that we'll once again see players come and go - including some old faces that have been trialled already, and the same old boring, ineffective tactics will persist. A team full of "nice, happy guys with a good coach" is all very well; without talent and some extra sparks, it's not enough to win games and threaten the top spots in rankings I'm afraid. Time will tell...

  • MarkTaffin on May 3, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Interesting if Moores makes an efforts to include those "wronged" by the ludicrous decisions of Flower, guys like Compton, Taylor and Onions. Otherwise, Robson, and to a lesser extent Jordan, apart, he'll be picking Flower's failed XI.

  • on May 3, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    There is hardly much to choose between Peter Moores and Paul Farbrace, except a little bit in their approach to people, particularly the players. Ask the county players, they coached.

    I don't understand why England need two of the same kind and similar track record. If I am forced to choose, I will adopt the old adage: "Rob Peter to pay Paul", that is Paul Farbrace. And, not half-way-home; but completely. Players of this era do not like to be rubbed on the wrong side; whatever they may profess!

  • on May 3, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    A man should be judged by his actions; and not by his words! Everyone knows what had been his actions in his earlier stint.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on May 3, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    "The general rule for me is when the pressure is on you try to take it off and when there's none there you shove it on." What does that even mean? Sorry @Landl47, I'm joining the commenters that say he's not up to the job. The English problem, well 1 of many is the continued selection of ordinary (or worse) players with Root being the prime example. There's no point touting him as a future England captain when he is quite clearly not international standard. If they won't pick their best team they haven't got a hope (insert KP reference). Cook shouldn't be captain, Moores shouldn't be coach and Flower, under whom everything went pear shaped shouldn't have a job. I'd rather the Aussies thrashed a competitive side next Ashes.

  • on May 3, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    A lot of what Moores said here sounds entirely sensible. Glad to see some of the old staff being turfed out. Let's see if he can turn god chat into results and to some positive play. I suspect he'll need a change of captain first though...

  • JJJake on May 3, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    I think at some point Graham Swan will make a good coach. He could bring Boof Lehman type attributes to the playing group. Under Lehman Australian Batsman have scored 17 test centuries in 8 tests .Bowlers have taken 20 wickets 7 times out of the past 8 test. He gets everyone firing.

  • landl47 on May 3, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Another thread full of commenters dismissing Moores before he has been in control for a single match. Judge him by his results- if he fails, I'll be first in line to say so, but at least give him a chance. He has some good young talent to work with, so let's see where the England side has got to after, say, a couple of years.

    By the way, when I saw the headline saying it was a matter of balance, I thought an 'l' had been left out. I'm still not sure I was wrong.

  • looloogun on May 3, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    good for the new english cricket era .cook is cooking !wow healthy oi for the team i mean .

  • SirViv1973 on May 2, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    I hope Moores can prove me wrong but its hard to see him doing any better this time round than he did first time. If Balance is all he's looking for then that won't be enough. I won't be surprised if he ends up getting replaced by his no2 again in fairly short time.

  • cloudmess on May 2, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Moores seems like a good bloke, and I know he's trying hard here. Some of his comments rather contradict the overly full-on way he did things in his previous stint - perhaps he has learned some lessons, and will do things better this time. Or perhaps he is just doing the English thing of making vague and conciliatory statements. I wish him well, but I still think the ECB badly failed the English fans and supporters by re-appointing him. Why did the next England coach have to be English? Had we suddenly introduced racial quotas? The only 2 really successful England coaches we've had in the past were both from overseas. Sometimes we need saving from ourselves, and from our own clubby, insular culture - where being a good bloke is more important than being a good cricketer.

  • mrpfister on May 2, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    You've hit the nail on the head there Michael Flynn - uninspiring. The same can be said for Cook. The shrewd observer of the game wasn't shocked by what went on last winter, we saw it coming. Despite the 3-0 defeat last summer, Australia were improving during the series, they'd finally got the right players and they were becoming a team again. England under Cook were just carrying on in the same negative, boring way that failed to make NZ follow on at Headingley and that were time wasting on day 2!? of the Old Trafford test. Shane Warne was telling everyone that Cook was negative and didn't have any tactical nous and the press dismissed it as sour grapes. Well, as ever, Warne was right. When times got tough this winter, Cook had nothing to offer. With Moores back (the man who learned to speak English by reading management training manuals), Cook still captain and the ghost of Andy Flower still floating around, this England team is going nowhere.

  • on May 2, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    David. I suspect you (along with other senior reporters) have become rather bored about the matter of the KP chop. (You say here that he was "a maverick, an irritant, a malcontent when things went badly, removed to make the job of Moores and Cook easier".) MY message to "young players" in the England dressing-room would be "Come up with your own mind, but be bloody careful not to express those views unless they are consistent with what you have heard from the coach and/or captain".

  • FawltyBean on May 2, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Looking for "Englishness" in a team full of non-English players...

  • on May 2, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Moores and Fabrace.. Both of these guys never achieved anything significant to guide a international team. SL won T20 WC because of many talented players. Good Luck England..

  • on May 2, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    When is doubt, resort to management speak and fluffy ideas. That will sort everything out (usually at great expense).

  • on May 2, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    What an utterly uninspiring fellow this Mr Moores is. England will not progress or regress under his regime but merely stagnate and go nowhere. There is nothing fresh or indeed very little in the way of new ideas or freedom of expression.

  • on May 2, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    What an utterly uninspiring fellow this Mr Moores is. England will not progress or regress under his regime but merely stagnate and go nowhere. There is nothing fresh or indeed very little in the way of new ideas or freedom of expression.

  • on May 2, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    When is doubt, resort to management speak and fluffy ideas. That will sort everything out (usually at great expense).

  • on May 2, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Moores and Fabrace.. Both of these guys never achieved anything significant to guide a international team. SL won T20 WC because of many talented players. Good Luck England..

  • FawltyBean on May 2, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Looking for "Englishness" in a team full of non-English players...

  • on May 2, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    David. I suspect you (along with other senior reporters) have become rather bored about the matter of the KP chop. (You say here that he was "a maverick, an irritant, a malcontent when things went badly, removed to make the job of Moores and Cook easier".) MY message to "young players" in the England dressing-room would be "Come up with your own mind, but be bloody careful not to express those views unless they are consistent with what you have heard from the coach and/or captain".

  • mrpfister on May 2, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    You've hit the nail on the head there Michael Flynn - uninspiring. The same can be said for Cook. The shrewd observer of the game wasn't shocked by what went on last winter, we saw it coming. Despite the 3-0 defeat last summer, Australia were improving during the series, they'd finally got the right players and they were becoming a team again. England under Cook were just carrying on in the same negative, boring way that failed to make NZ follow on at Headingley and that were time wasting on day 2!? of the Old Trafford test. Shane Warne was telling everyone that Cook was negative and didn't have any tactical nous and the press dismissed it as sour grapes. Well, as ever, Warne was right. When times got tough this winter, Cook had nothing to offer. With Moores back (the man who learned to speak English by reading management training manuals), Cook still captain and the ghost of Andy Flower still floating around, this England team is going nowhere.

  • cloudmess on May 2, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Moores seems like a good bloke, and I know he's trying hard here. Some of his comments rather contradict the overly full-on way he did things in his previous stint - perhaps he has learned some lessons, and will do things better this time. Or perhaps he is just doing the English thing of making vague and conciliatory statements. I wish him well, but I still think the ECB badly failed the English fans and supporters by re-appointing him. Why did the next England coach have to be English? Had we suddenly introduced racial quotas? The only 2 really successful England coaches we've had in the past were both from overseas. Sometimes we need saving from ourselves, and from our own clubby, insular culture - where being a good bloke is more important than being a good cricketer.

  • SirViv1973 on May 2, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    I hope Moores can prove me wrong but its hard to see him doing any better this time round than he did first time. If Balance is all he's looking for then that won't be enough. I won't be surprised if he ends up getting replaced by his no2 again in fairly short time.

  • looloogun on May 3, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    good for the new english cricket era .cook is cooking !wow healthy oi for the team i mean .

  • landl47 on May 3, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Another thread full of commenters dismissing Moores before he has been in control for a single match. Judge him by his results- if he fails, I'll be first in line to say so, but at least give him a chance. He has some good young talent to work with, so let's see where the England side has got to after, say, a couple of years.

    By the way, when I saw the headline saying it was a matter of balance, I thought an 'l' had been left out. I'm still not sure I was wrong.