Home > News >

Alastair Cook’s thoughts on quitting captaincy did not surprise Peter Moores

Peter Moores got a successful start to his second stint as England coach with a 3-1 series win over India © Getty Images
Peter Moores got a successful start to his second stint as England coach with a 3-1 series win over India © Getty Images

Aug 19, 2014

England coach Peter Moores stated on Monday that he understood why Alastair Cook thought of standing down as captain before leading the team to Test series glory against India.
England’s 3-1 win in a five-match series was completed in dominant style with a crushing innings and 244-run win over the visitors inside three days at The Oval on Sunday.
But prior to that campaign, England had lost 1-0 at home to Sri Lanka in a two-match campaign after a second Test defeat at Headingley in June that followed a 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.
“All captains learn as you go on. But what Alastair has done really well, he’s got the No.1 quality that anyone needs to get better quickly which is humility. When he’s been successful, he still wants to get better and learn,” said Moores, in his second spell as England coach.
Despite constant backing from the coach, the Essex opener did ponder his position as skipper after the Headingley loss. Having resolved to carry on, he then faced calls from several former England captains to resign after the tea fell 1-0 behind to India after the first two Tests of their series.

Moores, whose first spell as England coach ended following criticism from then captain Kevin Pietersen, said Cook’s reaction to the Headingley defeat was entirely understandable.

“For anyone not to go away and soul-search a bit, if you’re captain or coach or player, would have been strange,” he said. “He did that. He spoke to his wife, they had conversations, he came back and significantly, at the end of that Test, he turned round to Athers [Michael Atherton] and said: ‘I’m in this for the long haul. If people don’t think I should be captain then I accept that but I want to be England captain.’

“It was quite significant for him to say that publicly,” Moores added.

England and India are set to play a one-day series starting a week Monday as part of both teams’ preparations for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand where India will be the defending champions.

No England side has ever won the World Cup, with the last of their three losing appearances in the final in Australia back in 1992.
The performances of England one-day openers Cook and Ian Bell, both predominantly orthodox batsmen but not renowned big-hitters, have been contrasted unfavourably with the likes of West Indies star Chris Gayle and the Australia duo of David Warner and Aaron Finch, who generally score at a much faster rate than their English counterparts.

Catch all the coverage of India’s tour to England here

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Mumbai Indians won by 9 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 72 runs

Photos

West Indies vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test at Gros Islet

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Kevin O’Brien: Ireland will look to adjust to conditions in Australia-New Zealand ahead of ICC World Cup 2015

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014 Match 1 — Key battles

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014 Match 1: Kolkata Knight Riders’ likely XI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014 Match 1: Chennai Super Kings’ likely XI

CLT20 2014: Why Mumbai Indians failed to recreate the magic

Bangladesh Bangladesh vs West Indies Bangladesh vs West Indies 2014 Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Lahore Lions Mumbai Indians Northern Knights Southern Express West Indies West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014

Shahrukh Khan revels in Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) CLT20 2014 win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

Durham seamer Chris Rushworth bags 15 wickets against Northamptonshire

Mumbai Indians’ poor show in CLT20 2014 will make them stronger: Pragyan Ojha

HPCA accuses Himachal minister for having double standards

Darren Bravo fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Key battles

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: First batsman to witness 500 dismissals from the other end in Test cricket

Do nervous nineties really exist?

Alphonso ‘Alfie’ Roberts: The face of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Rahul Dravid — Sometimes even the exemplary great gets ‘bamboo-zled’

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

635 Posts | 7 Fans

Yuvraj Singh in Anupam Kher show

Why some people are naturally inclined to music

Next-generation Apple iPads and OS X Yosemite to launch on October 21: Report

Consuming high-fat dairy products reduces diabetes risk

Gautam Rode bids the cast and crew of Saraswatichandra goodbye – View pics!

Tamanchey song In Da Club: Ikka Singh revamps his old Punjabi track for the Nikhil Dwivedi-Richa Chadda starrer!

iOS 8 requires over 5GB of free space to install, here’s what iPhone 5C 8GB users should do

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here