Moores: We don't want change for change's sake

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The newly appointed Peter Moores has defended a recent overhaul in England's coaching staff.

The newly appointed Peter Moores has defended a recent overhaul in England's coaching staff.

Moores succeeded Zimabwean Andy Flower in the wake of five-nil Test series defeat to Australia earlier this year.

Former Sri Lanka head coach Paul Farbrace has since been hired as Moores' assistant and limited-overs coach Ashely Giles has dismissed.

Nottinghamshire's Mick Newell, meanwhile, has been appointed to the selection panel, batting coach Graham Gooch fired – and fast bowling coach David Saker retained.

"We certainly don't want change for change's sake. We are not looking to change everything – what we are trying to create is the right balance of some great experience we don't want to lose and some freshness," said Moores.

"My basic rule of thumb when you are preparing, a big resource of coaches is fine. But when you are actually playing you have to be careful there aren't too many people around, because the players forget to connect to each other."

The 51-year-old Moores will be afforded the chance to grow a burgeoning relationship with Test captain Alastair Cook during next month's two-match series against Sri Lanka, which will be preceded by a one-off Twenty20 International and five ODIs.

"With Alastair and me, we are building a new relationship – and it feels exciting. We want to build an environment and a way of playing that fits the new team," he concluded.

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