Where to now?

England have sacked Peter Moores. Despite my previous post (not sure why the ECB didn’t take more notice of it), the man who led our demolition of India last summer is now out of a job. He needed this summer. He needed more time, and it was one batting collapse that meant he didn’t get it. Had Moores been in charge for the visit of the Australians, I’m not saying we would have won, but I’d have been more confident than I currently am.

So, who will England turn to now? Rumours of Jason Gillespie and Justin Langer have been surfacing, and I’m certainly prepared to give them a chance. I am not, however, prepared to accept the dismissal of Moores as Test head coach. The right thing to do would have been to keep Moores in charge of the five-day side, and bring in someone new for the limited overs format. A fresh face, hopefully with fresh ideas, would have possibly inspired some more exciting, dynamic cricket.

As it is, our one-day fortunes will hopefully now improve. Our test fortunes may well improve too, but that does not make Moores’ sacking the right approach. While football may be a sacking sport, where consecutive losses have even the most accomplished of managers looking over both shoulders, cricket does not need to adopt this tradition. Had Moores been in charge this summer, the results would very likely have been favourable to England. 80% of the cricket played in the West Indies was very encouraging, with some poor sessions in Barbados proving costly.

All eyes to the future now anyway, and hopefully the new appointment will prove to be a wise one. Whoever steps into the post will inherit a talented enough outfit, and will just have to find a way to eradicate the infamous English batting collapse. Do that, get Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes performing with the ball, and we could be in for a very exciting Ashes summer.

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