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January 05, 2009

Why dismissing Peter Moores could be the best thing for England

There is only really one cricket story that I could have written about today. The increasingly frosty relationship between England captain Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores has led to the latter’s future being extremely uncertain.

The possibility of Pietersen being the man to step down is an unlikely one according to the cricket odds, so unless they settle their differences quickly – Moores could be on his way. Many people have claimed this would be bad news for England, especially when you consider the timing of it all. We are in an Ashes year, after all.

However, it is my opinion that Moores potential departure could be a blessing in disguise for the future of this England cricket team. Below are five reasons why this is the case.

His record isn’t the best – Since Moores took over as coach in April 2007, England’s record hasn’t been great. This isn’t all down to Moores, but if certainly doesn’t help his case for remaining in the role. In total, Moores has been involved in eight test match victories. Seven of these have been against teams below England in the rankings – West Indies and Zealand. Cricket betting always expected England to beat these two. Then, the other win was against South Africa once the series had already been lost.

Pietersen is vital – I think it is fair to say that Kevin Pietersen is England’s best batsman. By quite some distance. The one day series against South Africa and the way he led his team during difficult circumstances in India, also proved his worth as a captain. Therefore, it is probably best that the ECB aren’t seen to be unsupportive of his views.

We need 100% KP – If England are to give their all to the ‘Pietersen era’ they need to let him do his own thing. Anything that compromises this will have a negative affect on the team and therefore results. Pietersen wants his team to reflect his personality and this can only be a good thing in my opinion. Bring in a coach that is happy to take a back seat to captain KP.

Do the players trust Moores? As a result of this much publicised disagreement between captain and coach, the rest of the squad will be confused as to who has more authority. Naturally, they are more likely to side with their captain, so how much would they respect Moores views from now on if he stayed in the role?

The experts say so
– The future of Moores has provoked much debate in the press and a number of pundits or ex-players have had their say on the best solution.

   * David Gower believes that Pietersen will get his way.
   * Ray Illingworth says that it one man goes, if has to be Moores.
   * Graham Gooch believes Pietersen has been influenced by Shane Warne’s views on coaching being too highly thought of in the game.
   * Glenn McGrath admits that the captain should have the final say on most matters.

Overall, it doesn’t look great for Peter Moores does it? However, a new coach that would be prepared to let Pietersen do his thing may well be a positive thing for English cricket. It will certainly be interesting to see how things unfold.

By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about England cricket

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