Moores axe was right call says Gooch

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CRICKET CHRIS OSTICK

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

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