Posts Tagged ‘peter moores’

  • Durham surprised a lot of people with their Championship win last year, and with Steve Harmison out of favour with England once again, their bowling attack looks just as strong as it was in 2008. Ian Blackwell has come in to bolster the middle order and add a spin option, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul returns in June following the World Twenty20.
  • Hampshire arguably owe last year’s survival, let alone their eventual third place, to the spin bowling of Imran Tahir, who returns from June. In the meantime, Australian Marcus North comes in as an overseas player to add runs, and Dominic Cork also arrives following his release by Lancashire. Chris Tremlett will also be key for the attack, whilst Mascarenhas’ England and IPL commitments will drain the Rose Bowl’s resources for much of the season.
  • Lancashire have released Dominic Cork and Stuart Law, whilst Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson are likely to make very few appearances for their county, so the Red Rose lineup will be somewhat unfamiliar in places. Mark Chilton and Francois Du Plessis need to improve on last year’s performances with the bat, or relegation may threaten to make Peter Moores’ 2009 even worse.
  • Nottinghamshire may spend the majority of the season watching their three best bowlers ply their trade for England, so the likes of Shreck and Pattinson will be key. If Samit Patel gets fit enough to be called up as well, the side could look a little thin in the middle order, but if newlywed Adam Voges can translate his limited-overs form to the four-day game then the prospect of a title challenge isn’t too far-fetched to consider.
  • Somerset continue to have an incredibly strong top order (especially with and Marcus Trescothick as an opening pair), but with Ian Blackwell moving to Durham and Andy Caddick into his 40s, the bowling attack looks worryingly thin. Unless a young gun steps up to take wickets, a proliferation of draws may ensue.
  • Warwickshire face the step up from Division Two without Ian Salisbury, but Jeetan Patel should be a strong addition to their four-day side. If Ian Bell stays out of the England team long enough to feature regularly, then the Bears can reap the benefits. Similarly, Tim Ambrose will be a force in the County game even he doesn’t cut it at Test level.
  • Worcestershire enter the post-Hick era in 2009, which puts a lot of pressure on Vikram Solanki and the likes of Stephen Moore. Gareth Batty’s recent England call-up underlined his quality with the ball, but the pace attack is relatively weak, especially given Simon Jones’ continuing injury problems. If Solanki and Kabir Ali find form, then the side can look for more than just consolidation in their return to Division One.
  • Yorkshire came uncomfortably close to relegation last year, but players of the quality of Michael Vaughan, Anthony McGrath, Matthew Hoggard and Adil Rashid should see them improve in 2009 (assuming England call-ups don’t intervene). A championship challenge may be asking too much, and adjusting to life without Darren Gough will be difficult, but there is enough class (especially with Jacques Rudolph in the side) for a top-half finish.

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Andrew Strauss is, according to reports, being hastily installed as England’s next captain in the wake of Kevin Pietersen’s dramatic resignation, which itself trailed in the wake of the public feud between Pietersen and Peter Moores. With the squad set to depart shortly for a tour of the West Indies, the long-term picture remains unclear, especially as the side is currently without a captain or a coach.

This could be the chance that Strauss has been waiting for. The last time the captaincy was available, Lord Brockett of Strauss wasn’t even sure of his place in the side, but recent back-to-back centuries in Chennai have ensured that he is a firm fixture in the Test side at least.

Whether Pietersen will be back, and in what capacity, remains to be seen. Personally, I cannot imagine him staying out in the cold (whether by his choice or the ECB’s) for too long in an Ashes year.

UPDATE: KP has officially gone now, although he is adamant that he didn’t resign this morning. Moores has been sacked, Strauss is to captain the side for the tour of the Windies.

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Everyone seems to be weighing in with their opinions on what the outcome of the evident rift between England’s captain, Kevin Pietersen, and coach Peter Moores. David Gower, himself no stranger to disagreements with his (and whilst he was) captain, reckons KP will be the outright winner, which seems to make sense given how reliant England are on their imported superstar. There’s already speculation about Moores’ potential successor.

Nasser Hussain, another former England captain who is currently employed by Sky, agrees, saying that Moores will either have to quit, or back down on what seems to be the key issue – the inclusion or otherwise of Michael Vaughan in the England side.

A ‘dressing room source’, meanwhile (perhaps Harry Redknapp’s ketchup?), claims that “The ECB are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they back KP, then there’s massive problems among the backroom staff…if they go with the coach, then the best player becomes disillusioned [and] they possibly lose a captain“, which doesn’t sound like a recipe for much-needed pre-Ashes harmony and togetherness either way.

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Kevin Pietersen has apparently called for emergency talks with the ECB over the role of coach Peter Moores in the England setup. Once Giles Clarke gets back from holiday, KP is believed to be very keen to discuss the state of his working relationship with the beleaguered Moores.

Given that it’s only three weeks until the squad departs for their tour of the West Indies, any further breakdown in the working relationship between captain and coach (who weren’t ever the most comfortable of bedfellows, and have certainly had their differences) could be potentially disastrous for the tourists.

The outcome of these ‘discussions’ could have far-reaching consequences for English cricket, if all the stories are to be believed.

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