Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Moores Piles into His England Flops; 'Their Job Is to Deliver Goods'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Moores Piles into His England Flops; 'Their Job Is to Deliver Goods'

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Byline: By Myles Hodgson

ENGLAND have been given a severe dressing down from coach Peter Moores in an attempt to arrest the decline in their performances following successive one-day hammerings by New Zealand.

Saturday's surprise six-wicket defeat in Wellington was followed by Tuesday's humiliating 10-wicket mauling in Hamilton, which was only the fourth time in England's one-day history they had lost by such a margin.

The desperate displays with the bat, ball and in the field at Seddon Park prompted Moores to temporarily drop the relaxed approach he has introduced to the England set-up since taking over from Duncan Fletcher at the start of last summer.

Instead, Moores spelt out his disappointment at their performances in no uncertain terms as England attempt to plot a way back into the five-match series, which continues at Eden Park tomorr ow.

"We had honest words and they can come across as hard, but you've got to be fair," stressed Moores last night. "There's a time and a place to say things and I think yesterday was a time for a reality check for everybody about what's required and we've done that.

"We had a decent talk, let's put it that way, and things needed to be said and the key for me is to use two tough days as a watershed to move on. We need to find why it happened, discover if there are some lessons to be learned, however tough they are, learn them and become a better team for it."

The last few days have been the toughest test of England's young team since they were assembled at the end of last summer and exceeded expectations by beating India at home and then triumphing in Sri Lanka last Oct ober.

They are, Moores admits, still a work in progress and may even have to have changes in personnel - possibly as early as tomorrow - before they are able to improve their level of performance.

But Moores believes there is enough talent there to still believe they can triumph in the remaining three matches of the series and complete a notable hat-trick of successive one-day series wins. …

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