UNLIKE some of the media and certainly the ECB, I am not embracing Peter Moores and Alastair Cook ‘future of English cricket’ mantra.
Never before has a
coach who was removed first time round been given the job for ‘a second go’,
but then never before has a player been declared ‘unavailable for selection’
and not be injured, retired or banned.
This ‘future of English
cricket’ mantra being spouted by Paul Downton, the new managing director of the
ECB, is complete fallacy.
The new coach is
someone sacked five years ago while the captain is still in position despite
leading the team to a 5-0 whitewash in Australia.
Yet both have been
paired together? It’s frankly bizarre and the ECB have effectively said Cook
should be absolved of any blame when truth be told the buck should stop with
Moores also talked
about being ‘open’ and ‘connecting’ with people, yet the moment KP came up it
was clear there was no way back for England’s outcast.
My question is what has
made ‘the outstanding coach of his generation’ suddenly attractive to an
employer who jettisoned him five years ago?
The answer? He doesn’t
like KP and fits the ECB anti KP mantra being spouted from every orifice,
leaving facts behind.
So as a result we have
a coach and captain who have blocked the route for KP to come back and already
sent a message out that opinions and challenges to authority will not be
It’s a dangerous
combination as in any team sport, not every member of a team will say yes, sir
no,sir three bags full sir.
Is Wayne Rooney someone
who comes in, does his job and goes home again? No he’ll speak out if things
are going badly.
Look at cricket, were
Gower, Boycott, Botham ‘easy to manage’? Of course not, but they were
integrated into the overall set up to help win test matches.
This winter was not
down to KP, it was done to a complete failure of the English cricket set up.
From no one spotting how Trott was feeling, to the leadership on the field and
to the atmosphere off it.
England didn’t lose 5-0
because they are a bad cricket team, they lost because everything off the field was in near chaos.
Moores and Cook are the
future? Don’t make me laugh!