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Moores happy with England reign

Peter Moores
Moores was sacked by England in January

Newly appointed Lancashire head coach Peter Moores says he is happy with his performance during his time in charge of England.

Moores, 46, was axed by the England and Wales Cricket Board following a rift with the then captain Kevin Pietersen.

He was appointed as head coach of Lancashire on Wednesday on a three-year deal which starts on 1 March.

"I'm pretty happy with the way I was going about the job," Moores told the BBC's Test Match Special programme.

"I know what I'm about as a coach and I've got strong principles, and when I look back I think I stood for those principles which is something I take with me."

Moores replaced Duncan Fletcher as head coach of England in 2007.

His time in charge of the national team began well with a 3-0 home Test series victory over West Indies, but prior to his sacking they were beaten 2-1 at home by South Africa and lost 1-0 in India.

I could see where we were going as a team, unfortunately it was decided I wasn't going to be in the job anymore

Peter Moores

"We had a tough tour of India but you still have to admire some of the cricket we were playing out there," said Moores.

At the time of Moores's sacking in January ECB managing director Hugh Morris cited "the irretrievable breakdown of the relationship between captain and coach" as the reason.

Asked if he lost his job because of this Moores replied: "I don't know if it is that.

"The reasons for it have been put in the press about relationships and whatever.

"I enjoyed the job. I could see where we were going as a team, unfortunately it was decided I wasn't going to be in the job anymore."

Pietersen was replaced as captain of the national side by Andrew Strauss but the ECB have yet to appoint a successor to Moores, with assistant coach Andy Flower taking on greater responsibility during the current tour of the West Indies.


Both Strauss and Flower have spoken of the need for players to take greater responsibility, something Moores cited as core to his coaching beliefs.

"Lots get written about certain things be it modern coaches, stats, computers, but at the end of the day the game is about players and it's about people and it always has been.

"Hopefully a coach doesn't take away responsibility from a player, they give it to him and allow him to go and play good cricket and see the bigger picture - the power for any set-up lies with that.

"Everybody knows that England is bigger than anybody else, players, coaches, whoever."

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see also
Moores appointed Lancashire coach
11 Feb 09 |  Lancashire
Strauss to lead West Indies tour
07 Jan 09 |  England
England name Moores as new coach
20 Apr 07 |  England

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