Eng­land coach faces axe

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

May 9: Ever­ton v Sun­der­land, Stoke City v Tot­ten­ham, Le­ices­ter v Southamp­ton, New­cas­tle v West Brom, Hull v Burn­ley, As­ton Villa v West Ham, Crys­tal Palace v Manch­ester United.

May 10: Manch­ester City v Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea v Liver­pool.

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

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