India v England, 2nd ODI, Indore November 16, 2008

Moores wants more aggression from England

Cricinfo staff


Peter Moores: "We thought we were a bit tentative in the way we played and could have been more aggressive in everything we did" © Getty Images
 

England coach Peter Moores wants his team to be more aggressive against India in the second ODI in Indore on Monday. England were thrashed by 158 runs in the series opener in Rajkot after their bowlers conceded 387 runs, highest total against England in ODIs.

"We thought we were a bit tentative in the way we played [in Rajkot] and could have been more aggressive in everything we did," Moores said. "I think we can be more aggressive as a unit and not wait for the game to take shape - we actually go and make it [take shape]. We have to remind ourselves how we play our brand of cricket and play that brand of cricket in different places.

"We played some really good one-day cricket towards the end of our English summer against South Africa and we want to make sure we go out and back ourselves to play that sort of cricket out here in India - they are slightly different conditions but it's still a 50-over game and simple basics still apply."

The defeat in the first one-dayer followed a humiliating loss against a Mumbai XI - England were dismissed for 98 - in a warm-up match. Fast bowler Steve Harmison also said that it was vital to pick up momentum as soon as possible to avoid a massive series defeat.

"What some of those who have been here [in India] before wanted to make clear to those who maybe haven't is that, as a team and as individuals, we have got to find our game pretty damn quick," Harmison was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "If we don't, with them playing unbelievable cricket, we are in danger of being on the end of a good thumping.

"If any of the less experienced boys didn't realise how hard our task was going to be out here before Friday, they certainly do now. Last time England were here, we went into the series with the momentum of having won the final Test in Mumbai to draw the series. But once they got on top they never really let up and they finished winning 5-1."