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Peter Moores Wants England To Be Ruthless

Peter Moores (left) shakes hands with Jonathan Trott (right) after England's defeat to West Indies in the Third Test in Barbados.
Peter Moores (left) shakes hands with Jonathan Trott (right) after England's defeat to West Indies in the Third Test in Barbados.
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England coach Peter Moores urged his side to show more professionalism in their approach after their six-wicket defeat to West Indies in the final Test at the Kensington Oval on Sunday.

The defeat meant that the three-match series ended level at 1-1 and Moores seemed unhappy at his side’s inability to drive home the advantage at key moments in the series.

"In every game we have had chances to really put the opposition under extreme pressure and we haven't always taken those opportunities,” said Moores.

“There is a ruthlessness I think we need to develop as a team.”

Despite dominating a decent part of the series, England were unable to get the desired results which hasn’t impressed Moores.

Failure to consolidate advantageous positions in key moments in the series meant that England’s wait for an overseas series win since 2012 continues.

"We are frustrated because we think we dominated the first two games," he added.

"It was a great opportunity to come here and win a test match.

“We have to learn some tough lessons ... if you have a bad session sometimes you can't get yourself back in the game."

With England next slated to face two tough opponents in New Zealand and Australia at home in the coming months, Moores hopes his side learns their lesson soon.

Despite all this, Moores seemed extremely pleased at the brisk progress shown by England’s younger players who stepped up during the series.

Joe Root and Gary Ballance were prolific with the bat throughout the series notching up crucial knocks when England needed them the most.

"The speed we are learning at, we are getting better. Joe Root, Gary Ballance, I think there is a side really forming.

“We have got to be more ruthless, we have got to have that edge.

"When we get our nose in front we have to drive that home, especially against sides like New Zealand and Australia, those opportunities will come and we will be judged by whether we take them or not."

England are expected to make a few changes before their next series against New Zealand with comeback man Jonathan Trott the likely one to miss out.

Trott had a disastrous return to international cricket as he managed just a solitary fifty from his six innings in the Caribbean often failing to cross double digits.

Reflecting on Trott’s performances in the series, Moores admitted that the opening batsman had endured a difficult phase in West Indies.

"He's had a tough trip.

“Since he has been in the team, I think he would be the first to admit he hasn't looked in rhythm, he's struggled.

"We were hoping that through the trip he would find some form, it hasn't happened, so tough trip for him."

The England coach had words of praise for skipper Alastair Cook who compiled his first Test century since 2013 during the Barbados Test.

Apart from Cook’s individual form which seemed to be getting better, Moores also expressed satisfaction at the 30-year-old’s captaincy.

"I think he did well. I think he is getting better.

“I think he has matured as a leader, the more you do it at this level, the better you get.”

England and New Zealand will face-off in a two-match Test series which begins on 21st May at Lord’s.

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