Jimmy Anderson offered a glowing reference for Peter Moores’ application to become England’s new head coach.
The bowler believes Moores helped lay the foundations in 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 on a four-man shortlist, along with Ashley Giles, Mick Newell and the Australian Trevor Bayliss, who are being considered to replace Andy Flower.
“I’m a passionate Englishman and the thought of coaching your country is something I’m interested in,” said Moores, who after two years in the role was dismissed in 2009 after 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, after I’d gone, to see lots of those things under Andy [Flower] and Andy Strauss come through and do brilliantly, so yes there is a draw to go back.”
After Moores and Pietersen were both sacked – although Pietersen remained as a player – Flower led England to a home Ashes success and a historic triumph in Australia the following year. According to Anderson those victories were due in part to Moores.
“He started off one of the best periods as a team we’ve had for many years,” said Anderson. “I think Andy Flower would also say he learnt a lot being assistant to Peter.”
Anderson played under Moores for England and then at Lancashire, where the county won a first championship for 77 years in 2011. They have since been relegated to the Second Division but Moores brought them straight back up again and they will begin this season as title contenders.