Moores happy with England progress

2015 World Cup

England coach Peter Moores insists that his team is happy with how they are progressing towards the World Cup, which gets underway in Australia and New Zealand on the 14 February.

England, who lost in the final of an ODI tri-series tournament, involving hosts Australia and India, on Sunday in Perth, will take confidence from the fact that they beat defending world champions India twice during the tournament.

On the otherside of the coin, they lost three times, including the final, to host nation Australia but Moores still feels that they are a better side now than when they arrived Down Under.

Moores said: "We're happy how we're progressing. We're better placed now than when we started because we've had some really good individual performances.

"The tri-series final was disappointing as we just didn't show up with the bat. And we'll look back and say we should have bowled more yorkers to James Faulkner. We didn't, we'll take that on the chin and take that experience and make our plans simpler so we get it right.

"But if we look back on the event as a whole, we're in a much stronger position now than we were when we came to Australia."

The biggest positive on the tour so far has to be the performance of England's batsman. There have been numerous century partnerships and they are now scoring close to 300 totals regularly. Moores feels its only a matter of time before everything comes together.

He said: "We've had more 100 partnerships in the tri-series than any other team. We've now beaten India – who will be one of the favourites in the World Cup – three times in a row and, in one game against Australia, we scored 300-odd and felt we should have scored more.

"We've walked away from that game thinking we've maybe we've missed an opportunity. Then, in the final, we had then 60 for 4, but they had a partnership and got away at the end.

"We're not that far away. We've got to keep pulling the performance together as a team. We need to pull the whole thing together."

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