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Moores still hopefull of England comeback

Hamilton, Feb 13 (UNI) After humiliating losses in the first two ODIs, England coach Peter Moores believes his players have the talent to stage a fightback and said they are ready and desperate to regain their pride.

''The lads were good. Most people are going to front up - they have to, that's their job,'' he told BBC Sport.

''The key is how we react. They have to come back with something in Auckland that says we are a good team.'' The visitors, who lost the opener by six wickets in Wellington, were again bowled out for a paltry 158 in the second game and loss the match by 10-wickets here yesterday.

However, Moores is still hopefull that England can win the series if their players perform to the potential they have.

''Prior to these two games, we played two very good Twenty20s and had two very good performances in our warm-up games against Canterbury,'' Moores said.

''The lads have got to take from that they can play, they are good players - they just have to relax and show confidence,'' he added.

Highlighting England's performances in past he said, ''They've got to remember they've won the last two one-day series in tough conditions against India in England and in Sri Lanka and take that belief.'' Stating that England have to play for pride, Moores said,''One of the biggest drives for any sportsman is to gain respect. It really drives you to say 'That wasn't really our true team, there's something more in this team' and it stirs something within you.'' ''I'm sure that will be the case and, in many ways, the key issue here will be on top of all that we allow ourselves to play for the rest of the series,'' he added.


Story first published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 21:12 [IST]
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