Cricket

ECB chief Downton continues to back England coach Moores despite World Cup exit

  • hidden
  • March 10th, 2015
  • 10:32:32 IST

England and Wales Cricket Board chief Paul Downton is standing behind under-fire coach Peter Moores in the aftermath of England's embarrassing World Cup exit.

Moores' men crashed out of the tournament in the group stages on Monday as a humiliating 15-run defeat to Bangladesh saw England hit a new low in a woeful World Cup campaign that has included four defeats in five matches.

Moores' tactics and team selection have been widely criticised since he was appointed for his second spell as England head coach 11 months ago, but Downton insists the former Lancashire coach remains the right man for the job.

AFP

Downton insists the former Lancashire coach remains the right man for the job. AFP

"I have every faith in Peter Moores," Downton told Sky Sports. "Part of the reason for appointing Peter Moores was he is a very experienced coach.

"Whoever took this job was going to have a really difficult job.

"We had a side that broke up in Australia, we had to introduce new players and part of dealing with it - which was obviously going to be pressurised - was that experience.

"We're very early into an appointment. Much as we'd like to change things instantly, it takes time.

"Look at New Zealand and where they were with their one-day cricket two years ago - it takes time to bring things through.

"We had a very successful team between 2009 and 2013, we have to rebuild again.

"There are no shortcuts. We have to back our players, invest in them and in time we will be back there again."

England have one more group game against Afghanistan on Friday but victory in Sydney will not prevent a third group-stage exit in five World Cups.

One criticism regularly levelled at England is they lack the aggression and flexibility to compete with the top sides, but Downton says the players need more time to develop.

"We've tried to be much more aggressive," Downton said.

"What has struck me has been how much influence T20 is having on one-day cricket and a lot of our players don't play much T20 cricket so that is clearly something we have to look at.

"The big message from this World Cup has been you have to attack, you have to look to get wickets and you attack with the bat.

"We have a talented bunch of players but they're very inexperienced."

England's World Cup misery adds to a disappointing 12 months that includes just one series victory in six across all formats under Moores.

"It's hugely disappointing, I feel very sorry for the fans who have travelled and the fans who have followed it on the TV because they've clearly under-performed," Downton said.

"This is not just about this tournament, this goes back to 1992. It goes wider than this group of players, it goes back to a domestic structure, and putting an emphasis in this country more on Test cricket than one-day cricket and that has to change."

AFP

Updated Date: March 10, 2015 10:32:32 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

On this day: Kapil Dev lit Tunbridge Wells with an unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup
First Cricket News

On this day: Kapil Dev lit Tunbridge Wells with an unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup

On 18 June 1983, Kapil Dev became the first Indian to score an ODI hundred. He went on to score an unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup quarter-final, which India won by 31 runs.

ECB to review players’ social media accounts following Ollie Robinson Twitter storm
First Cricket News

ECB to review players’ social media accounts following Ollie Robinson Twitter storm

Since Robinson's posts re-emerged, the social media feeds of a number of internationals have been scrutinised, with an unnamed player found to have sent offensive tweets while under the age of 16.

PCB preparing to bid for five major ICC events in 2024-2031 cycle, says report
First Cricket News

PCB preparing to bid for five major ICC events in 2024-2031 cycle, says report

Pakistan had lost the right to host the Champions Trophy matches in 2009 and the 2011 World Cup matches due to security concerns by participating nations.