Moores: I’m ready to step up thanks to men­tor Read

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Charlie Tal­bot-Smith

FOR MOST peo­ple the iconic im­age of Chris Read’s fi­nal day as a pro­fes­sional crick­eter is the guard of hon­our when he walked off the pitch for the fi­nal time.

The for­mer Eng­land and Not­ting­hamshire wick­et­keeper had hit a cen­tury ear­lier in the game at Hove and signed off on the per­fect note as he helped his county se­cure pro­mo­tion back to the top flight af­ter a tro­phy-laden 2017.

But for Tom Moores the per­sonal high­light will al­ways be watch­ing Read on that fi­nal morn­ing, go­ing through his warm-up one last time with cus­tom­ary at­ten­tion to de­tail.

“That fi­nal morn­ing at Hove stands out for me, I re­mem­ber I was on the bal­cony watch­ing him as he went through all his drills, one by one, on what was the fi­nal day of his ca­reer,” said Moores, who this month ex­tended his deal at Trent Bridge un­til 2019.

“It was quite a spe­cial mo­ment re­ally, be­cause I was think­ing, ‘this is my chance now’ but, at the same time, it re­in­forced the lessons that he had taught me, about dis­ci­pline.

“That word sums him up as a per­son and crick­eter, that is re­flected in his game and when you are see­ing that first hand you can’t help but be dragged along.

“From the out­side look­ing in, peo­ple wouldn’t know how hard he works.With ev­ery­thing he has achieved, he is still the hard­est worker in the team.”

At 21, Moores’ time with the gloves at Trent Bridge ap­pears to have ar­rived.

The son of head coach, and for­mer Eng­land boss Peter, Moores was an ev­er­p­re­sent in the Out­laws run to the T20 ti­tle. But he had to play sec­ond fid­dle to Read in the one-day and four-day for­mats – but all that could be about to change.

“With him mov­ing on, Notts have showed faith in ex­tend­ing my con­tract,” added the for­mer Eng­land U19 in­ter­na­tional.

“If I can get the gloves now in more for­mats and play more then that would be great. I feel I am ready to take on that chal­lenge, and with us be­ing in Di­vi­sion One which will be tough. But I have to back my abil­i­ties.

“Hav­ing Ready around has been great for me and my de­vel­op­ment. It doesn’t take a ge­nius to un­der­stand what sort of crick­eter he is – the bloke is a le­gend of the game. One of the best keeper bats­men in the coun­try right up un­til his fi­nal game.

“I am very lucky to have been able to tap into him and his knowl­edge.”

But for Moores, just start­ing out on the road to what he hopes will be an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer like his men­tor Read, there is a key les­son to learn.

“The most im­por­tant thing for me is not to go in and try and re­place Chris Read,” he added. “If I do get the chance then I have to go out and try and stamp my own mark on the role and be my own player.

“I can­not go out there think­ing I am go­ing to fill his shoes. That is just not go­ing to hap­pen.

“If I can have half the ca­reer that he has had then that would be amaz­ing.”

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