Moody linked to England cricket job

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Tom Moody has refused to rule himself out of the running to become the new England coach and admitted he would "look at anything".

Moody, who is currently in charge of Western Australia, has emerged as a candidate to succeed Peter Moores, who was sacked following his spat with Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen's part in the row also led to his resignation as England captain with Andrew Strauss drafted in yesterday as his replacement for Test matches.

Former Sri Lanka coach Moody insisted the England and Wales Cricket Board had not yet been in touch but claimed he would mull over any offer to lead the side in an Ashes year.

"Obviously a lot has gone on in English cricket over the last couple of days," said Moody on his return to Perth following WA's 78=run loss to the Bushrangers in their KFC Twenty20 Big Bash clash last night.

"I've had no formal approach and until I do, I don't need to really think or consider anything but concentrate on the Warriors. You'd look at anything. This day and age, you're not going to turn your back on any opportunity.

"(But) I'm very happy here in Perth, (the) family is settled, I've got a great job, enjoying what I'm doing. I've got no reason to be looking further afield," he said.

Moody was thought to be a contender before Moores was appointed in 2007 but he claimed he was not formally approached by the ECB.

"It's a bit like 2007, a similar thing happened. There was no formal approach but there was a lot of beat up that I was one of the favourites for the job but I didn't speak to anyone about that," added the Australian. "As I said, I'm very happy here in Perth and enjoying what I'm doing and until anything formal comes through, if it ever does, I'll worry about it then."

Moody also said he would be surprised if Shane Warne was offered the job, despite the legendary Australian leg-spinner's name also being linked to the role after he captain-coached Indian Premier League champion Rajasthan in the competition's inaugural season.

"That's an interesting one given Shane's public feelings about coaches and how they fit into the scheme of things," said Moody referring to Warne's well-known opinion that coaches are not necessary in the modern game.

"There's no doubt that Shane's a great leader, a great motivator (but) whether he would want the job for one, whether he would be effective 24-7 or just as a consultant, maybe that's a better use of Shane Warne. He's got a few games of golf and a few hands of poker to play I think so he may not have the time."