Peter Moores (cricketer)

Peter Moores (cricketer)

Peter Moores (born 18 December 1962 in Macclesfield) is a former English county cricketer. He played as a wicketkeeper for Worcestershire and Sussex [] and captained Sussex in 1997. 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. [ [ "England name Moores as new coach"] BBC News retrieved 18 January 2008]

Coach of England

Following the fateful 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.

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. [ [ "Graveney axed as England selector"] BBC News retrieved 18 January 2008]


External links

* [ Peter Moores Podcast & Blog] - insight from the England Coach, available on the NatWest Series cricket website
* [ CricketArchive]

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