Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Need to Ask Difficult Questions If They're to Recover from This Knock-Out Blow

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Need to Ask Difficult Questions If They're to Recover from This Knock-Out Blow

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Byline: Matt Prior

Moores is a proud guy but must decide whether he can move team forward ? Anderson and Broad may need to concentrate on winning the Ashes ? It's a bad idea to have a different coach for Test and one-day teams ? Time to look at the new-breed of players and find our AB de Villiers IN international sport, it is important always to be honest with yourself when your team are struggling. With that in mind, some of those involved in England's World Cup campaign need to take the decisions that are best for the future of the side.

I know, because I've been there myself. Last summer, there was a huge amount of negativity around me -- about my Achilles injury, my form and the effect of those things on the team. At a certain point, I realised I was bringing that negativity inside the dressing room, and that it was going to affect the other players massively.

Apart from the pain I was in, that was why I stepped away after the Second Test against India at Lord's. It was the hardest decision of my life but my priority was always the team and for England to win matches, and I had to put that above my own wishes.

I know England coach Peter Moores very well, having worked with him at Sussex and at international level. He's a fantastic coach and I'm sure he will want to carry on. He's a proud guy, the players respect him and he'll believe genuinely that he can do something with the players he has.

But the questions that I had to ask myself are relevant here. Peter will also be very realistic. He will know that after a performance like this, changes tend to be made. However well he works behind the scenes, he will be judged by results.

He is like the players: if the team don't perform very well, you cop it. I'm sure he will be honest with himself and ask whether England can move forward with him at the helm.

People will also ask about the senior players, men like Ian Bell, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad (above). …

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