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After Pietersen, Moores comes under the scanner

London, Nov 26 (UNI) Peter Moores' understanding of the game is under question and the English coach is under strong criticism for his team's poor performance against India after the visitors lost the ODI series 4-0 with three more matches still to go.

The strategies that the English team has employed in the series so far in the series have been described as medieval.

''The bubbling optimism with which he took over from Duncan Fletcher at the start of the 2007 season has vanished,'' former England cricketer and a renowned columnist Mike Selvey wrote in his column in 'The Guardian'.

Selvey further wrote that some wanted a foreign coach but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was never going to look beyond its own system and Moores' appointment, following Fletcher's departure after a difficult winter and an abject World Cup, was not universally welcomed.

After being 18 months as England coach, Moores has lost more matches than he has won and lost as many series as he has won.

''The lows, the current series in India apart, came in Test defeats at home to India and away to Sri Lanka, the ICC World Twenty20 and the Stanford fiasco. There were also close calls in back-to-back series against New Zealand.

''One senior player revealed to me that during the camp Moores' in your face approach compared unfavourably with Fletcher's assertive but unobtrusive style. Moores has been forced to adapt, which is not a sign of strength,'' said Selvey, a former Surrey player.


Story first published: Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 17:41 [IST]
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