Moores frustrated by media treatment


Sacked England coach Peter Moores says the media's portrayal of him as nothing more than a number cruncher did him no favours.

Moore was let go in May, having already been dismissed by the England and Wales Cricket Board following his first stint as England coach six years ago.

While his second tenure started well enough with a 3-1 Test series win over India, England's dismal showing at the World Cup effectively sealed his fate.

Moores hasn't spoken much in the media since his dismissal, but after being portrayed as a coach who was too dependent on statistics, he felt he had to defend himself.

Following England's disastrous World Cup loss to Bangladesh, Moores was quoted as saying he would need to look at "data" to determine why.

This was incorrectly seized upon by the media, Moores said.

"I have to accept my time as England coach has gone," he told ESPNcricinfo.

"It's pretty hard to accept. But it's done. The umpire's finger is up.

"But I am frustrated. The portrayal of me as a coach in the media is just wrong. If people said 'I don't rate you as a coach' then fine. But when it's not what you are, it's really frustrating.

"We moved away from stats and 'data.' Coaching doesn't work like that at all. You watch a lot to say a little. It's not a numbers game. We kept it simple. We tried to give the players responsibility to lead themselves.

"I have an official letter (of apology) from the BBC. It's a tough one. I didn't say it (data)."

Moores is also disappointed he will not get the opportunity to continue working with a group of emerging England stars, many of whom – Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali – were all either blooded or given new prominence during his second time in charge.

"In Test terms, we felt we had turned a corner," added Moores.

"Young players were developing fast. I'm also confident in my ability to evolve teams to become very good teams. And, given time, I've always gone on to be successful.

"The frustration is not being able to carry something through."

Looking ahead, Moores said he would have no problem working for the ECB again, and would embrace the chance to work with emerging players at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

"Yes, I'd work for the ECB again," he added.

"A role at Loughborough would be exciting. I love coaching and that would be working with the best players and coaches. Yes, it appeals."