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Dropping Cook Was The Right Decision - Moores

England head coach Peter Moores insists that dropping captain Alastair Cook on the eve of the Cricket World Cup 2015 was "the right thing to do".

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The out of form Cook was removed as captain and replaced by Eoin Morgan following England's 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka in December.

Moores admitted that the decision to switch captains just weeks before England head to Australia and New Zealand for the World Cup was a brave one.

And having made the decision, he now thinks he has the best players available for England's World Cup tilt.

"We'd got to a position where it felt like it was the right thing to do, it was a braver decision to change it.," Moores said shortly before England flew out to Australia from London's Heathrow airport.

"I'm comfortable with that and I think we've got the right people on the plane. We've got to go out there now and we've got to perform.

"We've got to perform well as a team. We've got to go there with a strong focus. We're going to try and win the World Cup."

He added that Morgan's elevation to the full-time captaincy is not as big a change as it might have been, given that he has already captained the side during Cook's absence.

"Eoin has been with us now since I've been coaching the one day side. He's captained part of the time when Alastair has not been available and he's been very involved in all of the decisions anyway because Alastair is close to Eoin and he's got a very good cricket brain.

"It'll be exciting to work with Eoin. He'll bring a lot to the team. Very straight forward captain which will be a good thing for us and a very strong desire to go out there and show how well he can play, but also how well we can play as a team."

England have never won a World Cup, reaching three finals between 1979 and 1992, and have been outclassed in subsequent events.

But Moores remains confident that his side will not be shying away from the challenge in Australia and New Zealand.

"What I can say to everybody is we will go for it," he said. My message to the players is first, it is a great place to play cricket, and second, let's go for it, let's go and play good, hard cricket and enjoy playing for your country.

"It's really important that if at any stage somebody feels they can't do that, it's time to move them on because that's what playing for your country is all about."

And while Cook's England team-mate Stuart Broad says he is disappointed for the Essex left-hander, he understands why the decision was made to drop him.

"I'm disappointed for Cooky (Alastair Cook) no doubt," he said.

"He's a very good friend and he's led the team for three and a half years leading towards a World Cup.

"But he also understands it is a results based business sport."


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