England coach faces axe
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May 11: Arsenal v Swansea. — AFP BARBADOS — England cricket captain Alastair Cook has denied there is any need for a review of the team’s failure to win the Test series against West Indies but coach Peter Moores may feel uneasy on the flight back from the Caribbean.
Incoming board chairperson Colin Graves promised in March there would be serious questions asked should England not beat a team he termed “mediocre”.
While Cook showed a promising return to form with the bat, striking a century in the third Test loss in Barbados, Moores may feel the heat after the series ended a disappointing 1-1.
In his second stint as coach, Moores has had his share of inquisitions and was already under scrutiny after England’s groupstage exit from the World Cup.
That scrutiny intensified with the departure of managing director Paul Downton, who appointed him last year.
Cook said Moores had brought “a lot of good stuff” but admitted decisions about his own future and that of the coach were out of their hands.
“I don’t think it’s inquiry time when you look at how we played over the 13 days, but I think we can all sit in that dressing room and know we’ve let an opportunity go,” Cook said in comments published by British media.
Pundits and former players were less sanguine.
“How much Moores?” asked British tabloid, The Sun, in a headline on its website.
“Sometimes you have to accept it’s not working” former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted. — Reuters