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England coach Peters Moores faces desperate fight to keep his job

England coach Peter Moores faces a battle to keep his job following the team`s inept World Cup campaign which ended on Monday with a 15-run defeat by Bangladesh.

Reuters| Updated: Mar 09, 2015, 22:04 PM IST
England coach Peters Moores faces desperate fight to keep his job

Adelaide: England coach Peter Moores faces a battle to keep his job following the team`s inept World Cup campaign which ended on Monday with a 15-run defeat by Bangladesh.

Crushed by Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, England failed to chase a target of 276 to beat the Bangladeshis and will head home after their worst World Cup performance.

Moores is in his second spell in charge and with a home Ashes series looming he needs to find solutions quickly to avoid a second painful parting of the ways with the national team.

"I want to carry on desperately," an ashen-faced Moores told a news conference in Adelaide, adding that he felt "hollow inside and hugely disappointed."

Moores made the controversial decision last year to back struggling one-day captain Alastair Cook, only to sack him two months before the World Cup following a heavy series defeat in Sri Lanka.

"There will be a million and one things people say, could we have done this or could we have done that?" he said. "What has happened has happened. I don`t think that`s fundamental."

What he could not deny was that his team had chronically underperformed throughout the tournament, exposed as one-day dinosaurs by their negative and outdated tactical approach.

"The reality is we`re not overloaded with a lot of high-class one-day players," Moores said. "It`s something we have to look at. It`s not to be done now. Today is about the emotion of the day for me. We`re out of the tournament.

"I understand why people would think I`m not the right man, but it`s a bigger picture than that," he said.

Unfortunately for Moores, that bigger picture includes the Ashes against a buoyant Australia side scenting more English blood following their 5-0 rout of Cook`s team Down Under just over a year ago.

England begin their preparations with a three-test tour of West Indies next month where another shambolic campaign would put the England and Wales Cricket Board under enormous pressure to fire the 52-year-old Moores just as it did in 2009 following a fall-out with his captain Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen stood down as skipper shortly after Moores`s removal but the controversial batsman was typically outspoken in his assessment of his former coach at the time. 

"The team wasn`t happy, things weren`t right, and England cricket was going nowhere, but I believe in the last six months the team has made big progress before a huge series against Australia," Pietersen said.

"I`m very happy and everyone`s happy."