Apr 192014
 
Peter Moores appointed: Andy Flower behind bold move back to the future

Flower was in temporary charge of the team after Peter Moores had been sacked. He was still to decide whether he wanted the job permanently, the team were in turmoil, and Flower made perfectly plain his high regard for the man who was no longer there.

“Peter’s a wonderful coach,” he said when we bumped into each other outside the hotel lobby. “He will definitely come back to international coaching one day.”

Whether Flower had it mind that Moores would reclaim the England job is doubtful, but the pertinence of his opinion has become starkly clear with Moores’ appointment.

Flower resigned as team director in January to become director of elite coaching when he decided that the experiment of splitting the job between Test and limited-overs coaches was not viable, and that he could no longer do justice to the combined role. There is no doubt that Flower will have promoted Moores’ cause in the corridors of ECB power these past few weeks.

This is a bold, deceptively imaginative and slightly dangerous move, in effect going back to the future. Moores has impeccable credentials as a county coach, having taken both Sussex, before his first stint with England, and Lancashire, after it, to the County Championship title.

But it was not only Pietersen who doubted his style during his tenure from 2007-09. Other senior players found it difficult to relate to him. Moores’ insistence yesterday that he had evolved as a coach in the past five years will soon be seriously scrutinised. He will be expected to lead the team to victory in Test series at home this summer to Sri Lanka and India, then to mount a genuine challenge for the World Cup next year.

If not, the whole appointment will unravel all too rapidly, before the home Ashes series in 2015. But this is a test not only of Moores as a coach at the highest level but also of Alastair Cook as captain. The pair, coach and captain, flanked an impressive Paul Downton, the managing director of England cricket, at the Lord’s press conference yesterday.

It was perhaps Moores’ day, but the overwhelming impression during and after the announcement is that it is now Cook’s team.

Apr 192014
 
'I learned from my mistakes,' says Peter Moores after returning to England head coach role

If the managing director, England cricket, is right it will be second time lucky as Moores returns to a role he first occupied in 2007. Then he lasted less than two years before his relationship with England’s senior players declined to such an extent then-captain Kevin Pietersen forced a him-or-me showdown that led to both men losing their jobs.

While Pietersen continued to play for England Moores rebuilt his reputation at Lancashire. Now, just as Pietersen is cast into the wildnerness, Moores is re-appointed.

He is the first man in England’s big three traditional sports to hold the top coaching job twice and given the way his first stint ended it might seem surprising the honour has come his way again. But in 2007 Moores was the coming man, youngish in age (44), perhaps brimming with too many new ideas, and certainly too keen to impose them. Now the blond locks are silver and he is older (51), wiser, and perhaps better able to distinguish between what works, and what is merely fashionable.

There is still a tendency to lapse into jargon with much talk yesterday of ‘connecting people’, but Moores seems more aware that players are individuals and should be treated accordingly.

 

The role of the coach, he said, was to ‘try to help players in a world in which is difficult for a player to be himself and still have his own uniqueness. They can still be real people, have their own view and be part of a very strong team. [Understanding] that is something I have got better at over time.

“Since being England coach I have had five years at Lancashire which I have loved. It has been a great chance to reflect and develop. You ask players to develop, I’ve done that as well.

“I loved my time first time with England. I would do some things differently but I still loved it. You do learn from mistakes, but I am proud of some of the things that happened last time. I had no doubts [about returning]. It’s great to be back. I feel very excited, very proud. I think I have a lot to offer.”

Pietersen’s recall not going to happen, says Downton

Moores still comes across as a coach who likes to work with young, impressionable players (he spoke enthusiastically of Lancashire having “an emerging group”) but it will help that, this time, the senior players – Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and especially his protégé Matt Prior, who can expect a recall, are ones he brought through in his first spell with England.

Downton said England had “interviewed pretty well every leading coach in the world and got down to five outstanding candidates” of whom Moores ‘stood out’.

Ashley Giles, who had been favourite when Andy Flower quit to become technical director of elite cricket after the Ashes debacle, was, said Downton, ‘extremely disappointed’. Giles’ candidacy was damaged by the winter defeats suffered by the one-day and T20 sides under his command though Downton insisted the embarrassing World Cup loss to the Netherlands ‘did not cost him the job’. It was, said Downton – who saw Giles personally to tell him – simply ‘too early’ for someone who has only been coaching seven years.

While Giles departs Paul Farbrace is expected to join as assistant coach. As negotiations continue with a Sri Lankan board unlikely to be thrilled at losing their World Cup-winning coach Downton would not discuss him, but it was intimated that the assistant would, in time, be expected to take charge of occasional tours to relieve Moores’ workload.

A Moores-Farbrace partnership would be an all-English leadership team, the first since David Lloyd departed in 1999. Downton said nationality “was quite important, but not the deciding factor.” He added: “We are very keen on creating an identity, an English side the fans are proud of and are connected to.”

Moores said much the same. Recent England sides, even when winning, have been admired rather than loved with a sense of insularity about them. “I would like to be involved in a team that is connected to the public, is connected to the media, is open and commits totally,” he said. He also wanted them to play in a more attractive style and with a sense of pride.

“I don’t see it as my responsibility to lift them [after the Ashes]. It is their responsibility to be lifted. To play for England is very special, if it ever becomes a normal day we’ve picked the wrong person.”

This sounds like Stuart Lancaster’s approach with the England rugby team. If Moores revives English cricket as successfully as Lancaster, so far, has done the 15-man game it may indeed be a timely appointment.

Apr 152014
 
McGrath, Perry to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton

Australia’s bowling legend McGrath and women all-rounder Ellyse Perry will meet the Royals in a special event at the Sydney Opera House

McGrath, Perry to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton (© AFP)

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Sydney: Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath and woman all-rounder Ellyse Perry will meet Prince William and Kate Middleton on Wednesday in a special event at the Sydney Opera House here when the 2015 ICC World Cup and participating nations will be showcased.

The event will highlight the diversity of cricket as the royal couple will be greeted by children from the 14 participating nations and presented special indigenously painted cricket bats along with a baby ‘baggy green’ for their son Prince George.

Three-time World Cup champion McGrath and the youngest Australian to play international cricket Perry will be joined by 2015 ICC World Cup chief executive John Harnden and Cricket Australia (CA) director Michael Kasprowicz to meet the royal couple.

Apr 142014
 
Mohammad Amir will not play World Cup 2015

Mohammad Amir will not play World Cup 2015. Mohammad Amir Pakistani Fast Bowler is very good bowler and Chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmed said that the PCB was not hopeful about the ICC clearing the pacer to play international cricket until he completed his five-year ban, which would end around August 2015.

Ahmad said: “What we have tried to convince the ICC to do is to allow him to be back into domestic cricket by reviewing his ban period so that he is ready when the times comes for him to play international cricket,”

Aamir told ‘Geo Super’ that he was not thinking about when exactly he would be able to resume playing cricket.

“For me that is not important now because I believe when God clears me to play then no one can stop me from playing. But for me it is good enough that the PCB Chairman has done so much to raise my issue in the ICC,” Aamir said.

Mohammad Amir born in 13, April in Gujjar Khan Punjab he current age is 22 year his bating style left hand bat five-year ban which will be ending on August 15, Aamir was 18 when the spot fixing scandal broke out while Pakistan was touring England in August, 2010 which eventually led to the imposement of bans on Aamir and his senior teammates — Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, so Pakistan cricket board try best but they have no chance to played in World Cup 2015.

Apr 142014
 
Kate Middles-one and the Duke of yorker

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays and misses a ball from Prince William, Duke of Cam

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays and misses a ball from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, while batting during a game of cricket during the countdown to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Source: Joseph Johnson / Getty Images

FINALLY, an English pair that can play cricket.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge played a game of cricket in Christchurch on Monday to help publicise next year’s World Cup.

And unlike their compatriots, who were whitewashed 5-0 during this summer’s Ashes series, William and Kate showed an aptitude for the game.

Different strokes. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays a Prince William delivery with

Different strokes. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays a Prince William delivery with ease. Source: Getty Images

“Be nice,” Prince William told participating school children as he took up the bat.

The royal couple were joined by New Zealand cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee at the event in Christchurch.

Christchurch will host the opening ceremony of the World Cup on April 14 at Hagley Oval.

“She’s a hockey player,” Hadlee said of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — the former Kate Middleton. “There was a bit of a hockey grip there.”

And what of William’s technique?

“It’s not a very wide pitch, there was no warm-up, and he bowled with a jacket on,” Hadlee added. “I was impressed.”

Jimmy Anderson, take note.

Duke of yorker. Prince William digs one out.

Duke of yorker. Prince William digs one out. Source: Getty Images

The royal couple will meet Glenn McGrath, Ellyse Perry and Michael Kasprowicz at a World Cup event at the Sydney Opera House.

“Like many other sports, cricket has the ability to bring communities together regardless of a person’s background,” said World Cup chief executive John Harnden. “It is a privilege to have the royal couple helping to celebrate the diversity in cricket and in communities across Australia and New Zealand. At the ICC Cricket World Cup in February and March next year we want the communities of all those teams playing to celebrate their culture and traditions as well as the game of cricket.”

That is out. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, fails with a Billy Bowden impersonation

That is out. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, fails with a Billy Bowden impersonation. Source: AFP

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