A little bit about me and my little blog

This is by far not the first cricket blog to be written and it certainly won't be the last (or necessarily the best). But it's mine.

This is mainly an excuse for me to carry on about a sport that has been something of an obsession since I was knee high to a middle stump. An obsession which has never left throughout the many highs (behave, there have been some) and lows (and boy have there been many of those…..) of being and England cricket fan in the years since.

The views and opinions in this blog are entirely my own. Sometimes light-hearted, occasionally irreverent, hopefully never offensive.

What gives this fool the right to have an opinion on this great sport? Where are his credentials I hear you ask? Well I think my catch at mid-on in the inter-house final at Heath Grammar school in 1981 speaks for itself…..

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Peter Moores - the new old England Coach

Just a it were.

I once had a girlfriend (no, I really did), her name shall be kept secret in order to protect the not so innocent. We were together for quite a while, had some good times but as time went on the good became less and less frequent until the inevitable happened and we went our separate ways. A mutual agreement was made to split, In other words, she dumped me..... But in all honesty, I was rather relived, we clearly were not much of a success together.

It was a year a so later when I was surprised to receive a phone call ( these were the days before social media, ........Yes kids, don't look so shocked, there was a time before that and we survived fairly well) from my ex. She suggested that we give the relationship another chance and well, it's relatively safe to say that while the reconciliation wasn't quite a disaster on the scale of the volcanic eruption on Krakatoa, it was nevertheless something of a less than successful get back together.

Everyone had warned me against it, my friends, my parents and even another ex-girlfriend who had moved to another part of the world (no, not to get away from me) heard about it and warned me against it. "You should never go back to an old flame" was the constant remark, and of course they were right. Why did I go back? Well quite simply it was because the other options in my life weren't exactly more favourable at the and no stunning brunettes were throwing themselves at me either. So there you have it, superficial maybe.
So yesterday, the England and Wales Cricket board announced that they had gone back to an old flame and re-appointed Peter Moores as head coach. Quite obviously they hadn't heard about my story or else they may have thought twice. Then again, maybe they wouldn't have, because it seemed that in the last few days the whole appointment saga had more than an air of inevitability about it. The general consensus on Twitter et al was, that the ECB had few other enticing options. Just like me back in those dark and distant days, the other options for them weren't exactly any more favourable, in other words there was a distinct lack of stunning brunettes throwing themselves at the board either.

From what I can gather from my sources (google, BBC, my mate down the pub etc), our old friend Ashley Giles was the boards' firm favourite until very recently when one sunny one day a slight problem was highlighted  - namely getting our arses well and truly slapped by the Netherlands (yes, the Netherlands) suggested that Giles either was working with a team lacking in any sense of talent, or that he didn't actually have a blinking clue what the hell he was doing. To be honest it was probably a little of both, but the writing was on the wall anyway methinks after a less than auspicious time as limited overs coach. Nice guy, but not international coaching material I'm afraid.

So it seemed that the only alternative for the ECB was to invite an old flame back - and let's face it, the news has exactly been met with an overdose of dancing in the streets or optimistic enthusiasm. On the contrary, it seems to be more of an "oh well"

Well I'm going to try and insert little bit of sunshine optimism into the proceedings......

Moores has proved himself an exceptional coach at county level - in fact the level of respect he has, not just from his peers but from county players, is almost overflowing with praise of his leadership skills. However, we all know that he had a less than successful time previously as England coach when the results weren't exactly something to be proud of - in fact they were pants. We also know that he rubbed up a number of the established players (not just Mr Pietersen), with his player management approach and coaching methods. So why might it be different this time?

Well the fact is that many of the old-hands are either going or gone - and hopefully the hyperbole and nonsense spoken about KP by people who should know better will now cease. What Moores will face now is a whole new generation of young cricketers ready (if the ECB have the nerve) to forge a new and exciting England side. The precious criticism that he while he may have had a rich county history, his experience and knowledge of international cricket may well now be academic. The deadwood has been jettisoned,he knows and has worked with many of the young new players that are coming through.

Moreover, the decision not to appoint coach for the other formats, but instead to install an assistant coach may well be a masterstroke - a sort of barrier between the occasional corporate speak that Moores can be responsible for and his players. 

The exclusion of some of the old guard through self-induced retirement, lack of form or illness may well be the fresh canvas that this new coach needs. Lets give him a decent throw of the dice eh?

Getting back together with my ex was a mistake, but I'm more than willing to give Peter Moores a second chance...... as it were.

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