Tamil Diplomat

We’ve let people down’ – Moores

Peter Moores, the England coach, made a tentative defence of his position following his side’s calamitous World Cup exit after a 15-run defeat to Bangladesh.

Moores was appointed only in April last year but England’s early departure from the World Cup following five months where one-day cricket was their sole focus will bring his future into question.Asked whether he could still make a difference, Moores said: “I think I can. I can’t say I’m making a difference having just been knocked out of a World Cup but I’m going to go away, it’s going to hurt like hell and I’ll look at what I could have done differently. People will ask questions but that comes with the territory.”

Moores offered few excuses for England’s failure to beat Bangladesh and said he felt he had “let people down”. The defeat lengthened England’s miserable World Cup record; their last extended run in the tournament came back in 1992. “I thought 275 was chaseable after a decent start. I don’t think we bowled as well as we could have done in the middle but we started well and we finished well. I don’t think we’ve bowled as well as we wanted to and that’s been reflected in how it’s gone. Everyone has got to take their part in responsibility and you’ve just got to take it on the chin.

“You’ve got to be able to take pressure as a good team if you want to win tournaments and we have to accept that we didn’t take it. We should have chased that down and we didn’t play well enough.”