Peter Moores is desperate to remain as England coach despite overseeing a calamitous World Cup campaign that was prematurely ended by a 15-run defeat to Bangladesh in Adelaide yesterday.
Moores’ position has come under fire during a tournament in which a vast gulf in class between England and their rivals has been powerfully and consistently illustrated.
“I want to carry on desperately,” said Moores, who admitted his fate lay in the hands of his employers at the England and Wales Cricket Board. “It’s certainly not my decision. I hope (to stay).
“I’m here to try and make a difference. Certainly on a day like today you look at it and you know we have a lot of work to do in one-day cricket – there’s no doubt about that.
“We haven’t played well enough in this tournament all the way through. That’s something we have to look at. It’s a game we felt we should have won. We should have chased 275 and we didn’t do it – we have to take that on the chin.”
Looking forward to three years time when we reappoint Peter Moores again to freshen things up…. #England
— Scott Wilson (@Scottwilsonecho) March 9, 2015
Moores, however, got a backing from ECB’s managing director Paul Downton.
“I have every faith in Peter Moores,” Downton told Sky Sports. “Part of the reason for appointing Peter Moores was he is a very-experienced coach.
“Whoever took this job was going to have a really difficult job. We’re very early into an appointment. Much as we’d like to change things instantly, it takes time.”
England have yet to win a oneday series under Moores, losing 18 of their 27 ODIs, and suffered a first Test series defeat at home to Sri Lanka.
A rousing Test series win against India followed, but with the weight of poor results that have followed, Moores concedes he can see why people might believe he is still not the right man for the job.
“People are going to be very upset as we are very upset,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of passionate fans out there and they are desperate for us to do well, so that makes you feel terrible as a person.”
England’s group-stage exit will see them fly home alongside the likes of the UAE and Afghanistan, who they will wrap up their campaign against in Sydney next Friday.
Moores’ role is not the only position that could come under review after skipper Eoin Morgan’s poor form on his first tour in charge. Morgan replaced Alastair Cook, who was axed after a lean tour of Sri Lanka before Christmas and did not commit to keeping the job.
“Certainly at the moment I haven’t thought a great deal about it because this has come as a great surprise,” he said.
“My form hasn’t been great since the end of our summer. I thought I turned a corner when we touched down here. I put in a reasonably good performance but since then I’ve struggled and for a number of reasons, not just one.”
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