James Anderson confirms Peter Moores in contention for vacant England job as Lancashire coach admits 'frustration' over 2009 sacking

Moores had a very public falling out with then-captain Kevin Pietersen but Anderson has credited Moores with building the foundations for the back-to-back Ashes victories

Jimmy Anderson yesterday offered a glowing reference for Peter Moores’s application to become England’s new coach. Anderson believes Moores helped lay the foundations during his first spell in charge of the national side for England’s back-to-back Ashes successes in 2009 and 2010 and has the “whole package” when it comes to coaching.

Moores, Anderson’s county coach at Lancashire, yesterday confirmed he is one of a four-man shortlist along with Ashley Giles, Mike Newell and the Australian Trevor Bayliss who are being considered to replace Andy Flower.

“I’m a passionate Englishman and the thought of working and coaching your country is something I’m interested in,” said Moores, who was dismissed after two years in the role in 2009 following a very public falling out with Kevin Pietersen, then England captain.

“There is an excitement to have another go at it. There was a frustration last time. It was great to watch after I’d gone to see lots of those things under Andy and Andy Strauss come through and do brilliantly so yes there is a draw to go back.”

After Moores and Pietersen were sacked, although Pietersen remained as a player, Flower took over and led England to a home Ashes success that year and then an historic triumph in Australia the following year. According to Anderson those victories were due in part to Moores.

“100 per cent,” said Anderson. “He started off one of the best periods as a team we’ve had for many years. I think Andy Flower would also say he learnt a lot being assistant to Peter. I think he deserves some credit [for England’s success].”

Anderson played under Moores for England and then at Lancashire, where the county won a first championship for 77 years. They have since been relegated to Division Two but Moores brought them straight back up again last season and they will begin this one as one of the contenders to win the title.

“I like working with him,” said Anderson. “I have worked with him at Lancashire and England and he’s been fantastic with me. I’ve always enjoyed working with him and he’s done a great job here with Lancashire.  He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm. That is the first thing that hits you when you go into a dressing room with him. Also to back that up he’s an extremely good technical coach. He helps me with my bowling, and batting and fielding. He’s got all bases covered with regards to skill based work. He’s got the whole package.

“A lot of the guys here have flourished with him as a coach. I’m sure he will admit he made a couple of mistakes when he was coach of England and I’m sure he’s learnt from that.”

In the wake of England’s embarrassment at the World Twenty20, the 51-year-old Moores has emerged as favourite for the England job with Giles’s stock damaged by presiding over the hefty defeat by the Netherlands as well as the one-day defeat in Australia. Moores succeeded Duncan Fletcher following the disastrous 2006/7 tour to Australia – as with the Pietersen fall-out, this is not virgin territory for England – and acknowledges he made mistakes in the job.  

“I have had a long time, five or six years out of that, when you reflect on things that worked, areas you got right and areas where you think, yes I could really have tackled that in a slightly different way,” said Moores, a former Sussex wicketkeeper. “I did make mistakes. I look back at things and yes there were definitely areas we could have tackled differently. I’ve coached now for almost as long as I’ve played, roughly 16 years of each. That’s a long time to have coached. And you learn different things along the way, evolve as a coach.”

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
tech

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

News
There have been various incidents of social media users inadvertently flouting the law
news

Life and Style
Stack ‘em high?: quantity doesn’t always trump quality, as Friends of the Earth can testify
techThe proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
News
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
i100
Sport
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
footballCSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2: Premier League champions let two goal lead slip in Russia
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London