Moores axe was right call says Gooch
GRAHAM Gooch believes Ashley Giles should have been a leading contender to be the new England head coach.
And he is in no doubt Lancashire’s director of cricket will be in charge of an international team again at some point in the future.
New director of England cricket Andrew Strauss has chosen Australian Trevor Bayliss to lead the national side into a new era following the sacking of former Lancashire coach Peter Moores earlier this month.
Bayliss will start his new job at the end of the current Test and one-day series against New Zealand and just in time for the start of the Ashes campaign.
Having led England’s one-day side for 18 months, Giles was overlooked for the combined one-day and Test role in favour of Moores in April 2014.
Ironically, Giles then replaced Moores at Lancashire in October of last year.
But Gooch, who was England’s batting coach until being axed following the arrival of Moores, believes Giles was the leading English candidate to take over the role this time round.
“Ash has the credentials,” the former England captain said.
“He is an international cricketer of repute, he has a good track record in domestic cricket with Warwickshire and has started well with Lancashire.
“He is the one English coach that has a pedigree behind him. Things didn’t go great for him in the World T20 the other year, England were very poor there, but they were very poor in the 50-over World Cup this year.
“If he put his name into the ring he would have been a contender. Possibly it has come a little bit early for him. Given what happened a year ago, Lancashire have shown faith in him and taken him on, maybe it has just come at the wrong time for him.
“In the future, I think he would make a good international coach.”
Gooch isn’t convinced England should have an Australian in charge, especially in an Ashes series – alluding to the fact that it wouldn’t happen the other way around. But he believes England were right to axe Moores.
“I think Peter is a good coach and a very good guy, but some more positive changes needed to be made to take English cricket forward,” said Gooch, who scored 8,900 runs during his England career.
“I think it was the right move for him to go. It is always unfortunate for someone to lose their position, I know only too well that backroom staff generally lose their position but the playing staff general stay the same.
“I can’t say I disagree with the decision for Peter Moores to go.”
But Gooch believes Moores, from Macclesfield, still has a role to play in English cricket.
“He did some good work with some players,” he said. “But I think there is a role for him to help some of the younger players coming through to play for England in the future - I think he would be well-suited to that role.
“But some of the decisions in the West Indies and in the World Cup in terms of team selection were woeful. He has to share his part of the blame for that.
“Because he has lost his position doesn’t mean he isn’t a competent coach or that he is a bad person. He has a good record in cricket. I think he will be well suited to preparing young players, and that is a vital role in any country’s cricket establishment. I think he would be very valuable in a role like that.”
Graham Gooch will be at Bowdon Cricket Club for a special pre-Ashes Sportsmen’s Dinner on Friday, June 12. Tickets for the evening, which will be hosted by Fred Eyre, are priced at £45.00 and are available from Steve Kettle on 07585 002386 or at steve@eventsinthecity. co.uka.
●● Peter Moores