Peter Moores Demands More Quality From England
England coach Peter Moores wants his team to maintain their level of quality heading into the final Test against West Indies on Friday.
While expressing happiness at England’s nine-wicket win in Grenada that saw them go 1-0 up in the series, Moores also preferred to look at the larger picture.
“You wouldn't want to take comfort out of the win, you'd want to take inspiration out of the win to move on a drive forward,” he said.
“We're trying to build a team, and I think we've got a real chance of becoming a very successful Test match team.”
After failing to dislodge the West Indies tail in Antigua, the England bowlers led by James Anderson made amends on the final day in Grenada to set up a clinical victory.
The win over West Indies in Grenada was England’s first win away from home in the last three years and Moores believes there’s more scope for improvement.
“I want everyone to really enjoy the win, but then straight away we're looking at where we can take it to, where we can improve and play better cricket.
“In this game we could still have played better.
“The win allows us to take another step forward and it gives everybody confidence.”
England have managed to arrest the slide of defeats in Tests after having endured an Ashes whitewash and a home series loss to Sri Lanka back-to-back.
After beating India comprehensively 3-1 in the five-match series at home last summer, England are now on the verge of a series win away from home after a three-year gap.
While Moores is happy with the England’s recent successes in the Test match arena, he is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead this season.
“We talk about playing bold cricket and it helps when you win because it gives you something back for the hard work and gives you confidence.
“We've got a really good summer coming up, two tough Tests against New Zealand and then the Ashes to follow, so we want to come out of this feeling like we're a team in good shape.
“To play well and win in Barbados that would mean we go into the summer winning five out of six Tests and that would be a great place to be.”
While Anderson was the star for England in Grenada on the final day, Moores didn’t forget to acknowledge the vital roles played by Joe Root and Stuart Broad earlier in the game.
If Broad’s 4-61 in the first set the game up for England’s batsmen, Joe Root’s marathon 229-ball 182 was the cornerstone of the visitor’s batting performance as they built a healthy 165-run lead.
“The spell that Stuart Broad bowled in the first innings, the spell that Jimmy bowled, an unbelievable innings by Joe Root, it all helps,” Moores added.
“It is exciting because you know what they've put in.
“The way Joe plays spin is fantastic to watch because he is trying to master his skill and deliver it on the big stage.”
Moores heaped praises on spearhead Anderson’s spell on the final day which saw him return figures of 4-43 from 22 overs.
While hailing the 32-year-old pacer’s skills, Moores also added that Anderson’s attitude to the game is an inspiration for the younger players.
“Jimmy Anderson is a master of his craft and on the last day everybody at the ground got to see a guy at the top of his game, fully motivated, bowling brilliantly.
“That then will inspire others to do the same.
“Someone like Ben Stokes will want that moment too.”
If England manage to win or draw in Barbados, it will be only their second series win in the Caribbean ever after their 3-0 win in 2004.
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