Another day, another win. And what a resounding victory it was too. Our limited overs side is riding the crest of a wave at the moment, and I’m not at all surprised that they beat New Zealand in yesterday’s T20.
We batted well, with Joe Root leading the charge yet again, and we bowled extremely well too – something we haven’t always been able to say.
David Willey picked up three wickets, and looks like he could become a permanent fixture in this T20 side, and Mark Wood also impressed.
What a shame that we don’t play more T20 games before the forthcoming world cup. However, the calendar is already pretty congested, so I’m not sure what the solution is. Any ideas?
The other big news yesterday, if you can call is big, was Peter Moores breaking the silence over his recent dismissal. I have to say that I found his interview quite curious.
Although Moores expressed his disappointment at the timing of his exit, he spurned the opportunity to criticise the ECB. Perhaps he has his eye on future job opportunities? Although I’ll be amazed if he gets a third crack of the whip as England coach, there might be a role for him coaching our youngsters one day.
Interestingly, Moores’s ire was mostly directed at the BBC. He claimed they apologised to him for inaccurately reporting his remark “I’ll have to look at the data”. Apparently he said “later” not “data”.
Moores seems to blame this report for either starting or perpetuating the apparent myth that he’s a fan of using statistical analysis. He said he doesn’t mind if people think he’s a bad coach, but he does mind if they think his coaching style is different to what it actually is.
Forgive me, but in a results driven business, I would have thought that the former was more important. What’s more, Moores’s criticism of the BBC is completely undermined by the fact that he very clearly mentioned the data on Sky. I know because I was watching.
Is this a tacit admission from an ex-ECB employee that free-to-air content is far more important, and reaches far more people, than satellite or cable channels? No it isn’t. But it’s interesting (and delightfully mischievous) to speculate that it might.
Overall, I have quite a lot of sympathy for Moores. He seems like a good man, and maybe England’s recent ODI resurgence has occurred simply because the likes of Eoin Morgan have finally found form. However, he does seem to see the world through a warped prism.
For example, he claims that the test team had really turned the corner under his stewardship. I’m sorry, but this simply isn’t correct. If it was true, England would have beaten the West Indies comfortably. They didn’t.
We won in Grenada because Jimmy Anderson bowled a magic spell, and we lost in Barbados, despite Alastair Cook finally finding form, because Jimmy couldn’t repeat the trick.
Although a few new young players emerged under Moores, they were probably going backwards in the Windies. Moores also got just about every single tactical and selection decision wrong – which is why, after all, Andrew Strauss gave him the boot.
Just like his first and second tenures as England head coach, the best way to describe Moores’s interview is ‘unconvincing’. It’s all a bit sad really. Everyone who meets him in person says he’s delightful and insightful. It’s a shame us supporters get such a different impression.