Peter Moores (cricketer)
|Full name||Peter Moores|
18 December 1962 |
Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Role||Wicket-keeper, Lancashire coach|
|Domestic team information|
|1988/89||Orange Free State|
|Source: CricketArchive.com, 18 December 2009|
Peter Moores (born 18 December 1962 in Macclesfield, Cheshire) is a former English county cricketer. He played as a wicketkeeper for Worcestershire and Sussex and captained Sussex in 1997. He became the coach of Lancashire County Cricket Club, on 11 February 2009.
He retired from first-class cricket in 1998 and took up coaching. Moores was a successful coach of Sussex leading the county to the 2003 County Championship. Moores coached England "A" on their tour of the West Indies in 2000-01 and the English National Cricket Academy from October 2005 to 2007. He was appointed coach of the full England team in April 2007. On 7 January 2009 Moores was removed as coach following a public falling out with Kevin Pietersen, who also left his position as England captain. He became the coach of Lancashire County Cricket Club, on 11 February 2009.
Coach of England
Following the disastrous Ashes 2006/7 tour of Australia, and Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, Moores was appointed coach of the England cricket team in April 2007 after previous coach, Duncan Fletcher resigned.
Moores was bold in his selections, bringing in relatively unknown players Matt Prior, Ryan Sidebottom and Owais Shah for the West Indian tour of England. Moores dropped other players who played in the Ashes tour, Chris Read, Sajid Mahmood, Geraint Jones and Ashley Giles. Andrew Flintoff, who was captain of the tour was unable to play in the series due to injury.
England's regular captain, Michael Vaughan was also injured for the first Test at Lord's, so opening batsman Andrew Strauss was named temporary captain. The first Test was a draw after heavy rain, and in the second Test at Headingley Moores looked for his first victory.
Following an injury to pace bowler Matthew Hoggard, Ryan Sidebottom was recalled to the international arena after a lengthy gap. After Vaughan, who was playing in his first Test match for 18 months scored a century, Sidebottom picked up 4 wickets as England bowled the West Indies out for 146 ( though West Indian captain Ramnaresh Sarwan was injured, and did not bat.) Forcing the follow on, the West Indies made 141, meaning England won by an innings and 283 runs.
Sidebottom kept his place for the third Test at Old Trafford, which England won by 60 runs, but pace bowler Liam Plunkett was dropped in favour of the returning Hoggard for the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street, in which England won by seven wickets.
Following the fourth Test, ahead of Moores' announcement of the One Day International squad, overall captain Vaughan resigned as One Day captain. Paul Collingwood of Durham was named as his successor. Moores named some surprising members in his squad, including Jonathan Trott and Dimitri Mascarenhas, who were both uncapped. World Cup players who were left out were wicket-keeper Paul Nixon, Jon Lewis, Michael Vaughan, Ed Joyce and Andrew Strauss.
Conflict with Kevin Pietersen and Removal
In early 2009, following England's losses in both the Test and one-day matches in India, the media reported that English captain Kevin Pietersen had asked the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to hold emergency meetings to discuss Moores' role with the team. Days later, Pietersen commented to the media publicly regarding the dispute, eliciting speculation that Moores might soon be removed as coach. Moores and Pietersen were believed to be in disagreement on several issues, including the team's training regime, and the possible selection of former England captain Michael Vaughan for play in an upcoming tour of the West Indies. On 7 January 2009, Moores was removed as coach by the ECB, and Pietersen unexpectedly resigned as captain.
In June 2009, the furore having died down, Pietersen announced that the England dressing room was a far happier place for Moores's absence: "The team wasn't happy, things weren't right, and England cricket was going nowhere, but I believe in the last six months the team has made big progress before a huge, huge series against Australia. I'm very happy, and everyone's happy."
With the tension between the two seemingly unresolved, following England's victory over Australia in the 4th Ashes Test at Melbourne which saw England retain the Ashes for the first time since the 1986-87 Ashes, Pietersen claimed that without the removal of Moores England would not have been in a position to beat Australia, claiming the change in regime brought about a better working climate within the squad. Pietersen went on to say: "You know what - I have never said this before - I lost the captaincy, I got rid of the captaincy for the good of English cricket, and we would not be here today if I had not done what I did then."
Other cricket work
On 18 January 2008 David Graveney was removed as the head national selector. Geoff Miller took the position over, heading up a four-man panel which included Moores, James Whitaker and Ashley Giles.
- "Peter Moores player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- "Moores appointed Lancashire coach". BBC Sport. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
- England name Moores as new coach BBC News retrieved 18 January 2008
- "Pietersen out as England captain". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- "Pietersen wants crisis talks with ECB". Cricinfo. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- "Moores on the brink after row". Cricinfo. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- "England captain Pietersen resigns". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- Quoted in Booth, Lawrence. "Myths; And stereotypes." The Spin, 30 June 2009.
- "England captain Pietersen resigns". ESPNcricinfo. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- Graveney axed as England selector BBC News retrieved 18 January 2008
- Peter Moores Podcast & Blog - insight from the England Coach, available on the NatWest Series cricket website
- Cricinfo Player profile: Peter Moores (cricketer) from ESPNcricinfo
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