With Andrew Strauss’ recent appointment as the director of England cricket; it has marked the end of Peter Moores as the head coach of England. This is the second time that Peter Moores was sacked from his job. On both the occasions, the sacking came after a dismal outing in the Caribbean. The former coach was simply livid at his ouster and alleged that he wasn’t given enough time for the job.
A visibly disappointed Moores said, “My record in developing players stands for itself and though we have had some frustrations along the way I am confident that this team will go on and bring the success the supporters desperately want to see,” he said.
“I knew when I took on the role that this was going to be a tough period for English cricket and I would need time and support to get new players through. My frustration is not being given that time.”
“I believe time will show that I have been instrumental in the identification and development of a new group of England players who will go on and bring honour and success to the England badge. I am a passionate Englishman who believes in hard work and an investment in the right people will bring its rewards.”
Nevertheless, Moores did a reasonable job as the coach. England defeated India 3-1 in 2014 in the tests. But the ODI team went through a phase of sheer misery. They were defeated 3-1 by India at home, and then lost to Sri Lanka away. England managed to get in the final of the tri series featuring India and Australia, but were comprehensively beaten by Australia. The World Cup campaign was a nightmare for every English fan. After being humbled by Bangladesh, England was knocked out from the first round itself. The Barbados test loss to West Indies was the final nail in the coffin for Moores.
Moores though, brought young talent into the team and developed that talent. The likes of Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance and Chris Jordan set their foot in international cricket and did well. This will surely be a boon for English cricket in the long run.
“To the players I want to say thanks for your support and commitment and I will be gutted not to work with every single one of you going forward. I wish you all the very best for the future,” Moores concluded.