Under-fire Moores desperate to keep England coaching job

Peter Moores is desperate to remain as England coach despite overseeing a calamitous World Cup campaign that was prematurely ended by a 15-run defeat to Bangladesh in Adelaide.

England batsman Chris Jordan watches as he is run out by Bangladesh Arafat Sunny, right. (AP Photo/James Elsby)

Moores’s position has come under increasing fire during a tournament in which a vast gulf in class between England and their rivals has been powerfully and consistently illustrated.

England were swept aside by Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka before Bangladesh, a team England had only lost to three times previously in one-day internationals, delivered the final blow.

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“I want to carry on desperately,” said Moores, whose fate lies with officials at the England and Wales Cricket Board.

“It’s certainly not my decision. I hope (to stay). I’m here to try and make a difference. Certainly on a day like today you look at it and you know we have a lot of work to do in one-day cricket – there’s no doubt about that.

“We haven’t played well enough in this tournament all the way through. That’s something we have to look at.

“It’s a game we felt we should have won. We should have chased 275 and we didn’t do it – we have to take that on the chin.”

Moores was appointed as England coach for the second time last April when ECB managing director Paul Downton described the 52-year-old as “the leading English coach of his generation”.

Moores was tasked with reviving the national team in all formats in the wake of the 5-0 Ashes whitewash and World Twenty20 failure, but England’s results have largely disappointed under him.

England have yet to win a one-day series under Moores, losing 18 of their 27 ODIs, and suffering a first Test series defeat at home to Sri Lanka.

A rousing Test series win against India followed, but with the subsequent weight of poor results, Moores concedes he can see why people might believe that he is still not the right man for the job second time around.

“People are going to be very upset as we are very upset,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of passionate fans out there and they are desperate for us to do well, so that makes you feel terrible as a person.”

Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan believes England have “been left behind” in one-day cricket.

Bresnan has played 84 ODIs for his country but has not featured since Moores’s return as head coach, leaving him as a spectator this winter.

Bresnan thinks the problem is a chronic one. “It’s a shocker, it’s difficult to justify not getting through to the quarter-finals.

“As groups go, you would expect to qualify from this one. But the game has moved on. The rest of the world have sprinted ahead and we’ve been left behind a little bit.

“England are a strong side on paper but they’re struggling to put in performances.

“We’re lacking a few match-winning efforts from the senior players and it’s a difficult time for the side.”