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London: May 4, 2014
England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that his team became too ‘insular’ during the latter stages of Andy Flower’s reign as head coach and vowed to change the image of the team under new coach Peter Moores during his second spell in charge.
Criticism that England’s players do not have a positive rapport with the public surfaced during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash, something that Cook is looking to rectify with Moores, who will begin his tenure with a One-Day International (ODI) against Scotland on Friday ahead of the series with Sri Lanka.
According to The Guardian, Cook accepted that building a positive relationship with the public is something Australia achieved successfully under Darren Lehmann, who turned their fortunes round following their Ashes defeat in England last summer.
Stating that his men might have very insular as a side, Cook also said that the team’s mentality did nothing to help as they had nothing left to fall back on, adding that England can learn from the progression of the national rugby union side, who have improved performances since Stuart Lancaster was appointed permanent head coach in March 2012.
Cook has had a number of discussions with Moores about the team’s direction and believes his second spell will be more fruitful than the first.
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