Peter Moores (cricketer)

Peter Moores (born 18 December 1962) is a former English cricketer and coach who served two stints as the England national men's team head coach.

Peter Moores
Personal information
Full namePeter Moores
Born (1962-12-18) 18 December 1962 (age 57)
Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
RelationsTJ Moores (son)
Domestic team information
1988–1989Orange Free State
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 231 245
Runs scored 7,351 2,603
Batting average 24.34 17.70
100s/50s 7/31 0/8
Top score 185 89*
Balls bowled 18 0
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 502/44 225/32
Source: CricketArchive, 18 December 2009

Moores played as a wicketkeeper for Worcestershire and Sussex and captained Sussex in 1997.[1] He retired from playing first-class cricket in 1998 and became the coach of Lancashire County Cricket Club, on 11 February 2009.[2] Moores was a successful coach of Sussex leading the county to the 2003 County Championship. Moores coached England "A" on their tour of the West Indies in 2000-01 and the English National Cricket Academy from October 2005 to 2007. He was appointed coach of the full England team in April 2007.[3] On 7 January 2009 Moores was removed as coach following a public falling out with Kevin Pietersen, who also left his position as England captain.[4]

He became the coach of Lancashire County Cricket Club, on 11 February 2009.[2] In 2011, he became the only coach to have won the championship with two different counties.

In 2014, Moores was re-appointed to coach the England national men's team, serving until shortly after the 2015 World Cup.

Playing careerEdit

Moores began his career at Worcestershire, where he made a name for himself as a young and talented wicket keeper. However, his opportunities were limited due to players ahead of him. He moved to Sussex in 1985, but again found his opportunities limited. Four years later he won his County Cap. In 1997 he was made Sussex captain and became part of the coaching set up. He retired in 1998 at the age of 36 in order to focus on his coaching career. Moores scored 7 first-class centuries. Throughout his career he achieved over 800 dismissals, 727 of these being catches.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring, Moores became coach of Sussex. After two county championship titles, he moved onto the England job. Following a row with then captain Kevin Pietersen, Moores was sacked and took over at Lancashire. Moores was appointed England Coach for a second time in 2014. In May 2015, Moores was sacked as England coach.[5]

Coach of EnglandEdit

West Indies (2007)Edit

Following the Ashes 2006/7 tour of Australia, and Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, Moores was appointed coach of the England cricket team in April 2007 after previous coach, Duncan Fletcher resigned.

The first Test was a draw after heavy rain, and in the second Test at Headingley Moores looked for his first victory.

The third test was located at Old Trafford, in which England won by 60 runs. The fourth test England won by seven wickets, meaning Moores' first series as head coach he won 3-0.

India (2007)Edit

Moores second series in charge saw him come up against India. For the Tests, Moores called up Chris Tremlett and handed him his debut in the First Test. England came close to winning the match but fell one wicket short of a convincing victory, with India hanging on to post 282/9 on the final day after England took a big lead in to the second innings following a hundred from Kevin Pietersen. Had it not been for the rain delaying play on day five, England would have almost certainly won the match. This was seen as further improvements being heralded under the regime of Moores. The second test saw a less convincing performance from England, losing convincingly to India who held a 1-0 lead. On the third and final test, the match ended in a draw, and India clinched the series 1-0. This marked Moores first defeat as Coach of England.

Sri Lanka (2007)Edit

The tour of Sri Lanka was Moores first tour overseas. The tour started with five ODI Internationals. England were humbled in the first match, being bowled out for 150 chasing 270 to win the game. The following match saw the tables turned as England bowled Sri Lanka for out for 169 to win the game by 65 runs and level the series 1-1. England then won the next match of the series which was badly affected by rain, resulting in the match being decided by the DL Method. The fourth ODI saw England complete a series win after winning the game by five wickets after chasing down 212 to win. Although England lost the final game by 107 runs after being bowled out for just 104, the 3-2 series win represented major progress for England, who had traditionally struggled on the sub-continent pitches. England had also gone into the series with a young team, including James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara, showing that Moores was successfully bringing through a new crop of England players.

The three match test series started poorly for England, as they lost the match by 88 runs. In the second test Stuart Broad was given his debut. The game ended in a draw with England finishing on 250/3. The second match was interrupted by rain, although Sri Lanka posted 499 in their first innings. England were dismissed for just 81 in reply, putting them in danger of losing the match. However, due to the rain, England survived, finishing on 251/6. England lost the series 2-1, meaning they had now lost their previous two test series.

New Zealand (2008)Edit

England's tour of New Zealand started with two T20 Internationals. England won the first match by 32 runs following an impressive bowling performance from Ryan Sidebottom. After posting 193 in the second T20, England won by 50 runs. This saw them win the series 2-0 and provided Moores with yet another limited over series victory, following successes against India and Sri Lanka. it also marked Moores first T20 victory, having lost his only previous match against the West Indies.

South Africa (2008)Edit

Following the home series against New Zealand, England faced South Africa. The tour started with four Test Matches against the South Africa, with the opener being played at Lord's. England named the same starting eleven for the sixth straight test match, but we're unable to beat the tourists despite scoring over 500 in the first innings. After South Africa made 247, England enforced the follow on, only for South Africa to secure a draw untroubled, losing only three second innings wickets. The following Test saw England's first defeat in the longer format of the game in the summer, as South Africa convincingly won by 10 wickets. The third test saw England suffer another defeat, this time by 5 wickets. England trailed by 83 runs going into the final innings, and despite posting 363, South Africa won the game with five wickets in hand.

Ahead of the ODI series, Collingwood stood down as ODI captain, allowing Pietersen to take control of the team for all formats of the game. The only T20 International between South Africa and England was cancelled due to rain, and so Pietersen's reign as permanent captain began in the first ODI. England won the game by 20 runs, with Pietersen again impressing with an unbeaten 90. In the second ODI, England humiliated the tourists, bowling them out for 83 and winning the match by 10 wickets. England again cruised to victory in the third ODI, winning by 126 runs and taking an unassailable 3-0 series lead. The fourth ODI again went England's way, this time they won by 7 wickets thanks to the DL Method. Although the final game was called off, England had already won the series 4-0, the first time they had remained undefeated in an ODI series during the Moores era.

India (2008)Edit

England headed over to India in 2008 for the final tour of the year. Optimism was high following the demolition of South Africa in the ODI series, as much was expected ahead of Kevin Pietersen's first full Test series as captain. The tour started with seven ODI's. England were heavily defeated in the first match, with India posting 387/5 in their 50 overs. England could only manage 229 and the result lead to criticism due to the manner of the defeat. England improved in the second match although they still lost by 54 runs, although this time they had restricted India to 292. England narrowly lost the third ODI, losing on the DL Method by 16 runs. England lost the fourth ODI on the DL Method again, this time by 19 runs. Both results were controversial as England looked to be in control in both games and would have probably gone on to win. However, England were now 4-0 down with just three games left to play, meaning they had lost the series. The fifth ODI, resulted in a six wicket defeat for England. After England had posted 270/4, India chased it down within 44 overs. The final two games of the series were cancelled following the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Despite the terror attacks, the Test series still went ahead, although the games were moved in terms of location. England lost the first match by 6 wickets despite taking a lead of 75 into the second innings. England then declared on 311/9, but India chased down the total thanks to a century from Sachin Tendulkar Andrew Strauss had scored centuries in both innings for England, while Paul Collingwood also made a hundred in the second innings. The second test resulted in a draw, the first match England had not lost on the tour. India posted 453 in the first innings, while England avoided the follow on making 302. In the second innings India declared on 251/7, but England saw out the draw, ending the match on 64/1. The result meant that India won the Test series 1-0.

Conflict with Kevin Pietersen and removal (2009)Edit

In early 2009, following England's losses in both the Test and one-day matches in India, the media reported that English captain Kevin Pietersen had asked the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to hold emergency meetings to discuss Moores' role with the team.[6] Days later, Pietersen commented to the media publicly regarding the dispute, eliciting speculation that Moores might soon be removed as coach.[7] Moores and Pietersen were believed to be in disagreement on several issues, including the team's training regime, and the possible selection of former England captain Michael Vaughan for play in an upcoming tour of the West Indies.[8] On 7 January 2009, Moores was removed as coach by the ECB, and Pietersen unexpectedly resigned as captain.[8]

In June 2009, the furore having died down, Pietersen announced that the England dressing room was a far happier place for Moores's absence: "The team wasn't happy, things weren't right, and England cricket was going nowhere, but I believe in the last six months the team has made big progress before a huge, huge series against Australia. I'm very happy, and everyone's happy."[9]

With the tension between the two seemingly unresolved, following England's victory over Australia in the 4th Ashes Test at Melbourne which saw England retain the Ashes for the first time since the 1986-87 Ashes, Pietersen claimed that without the removal of Moores, England would not have been in a position to beat Australia, claiming the change in regime brought about a better working climate within the squad. Pietersen went on to say: "You know what - I have never said this before - I lost the captaincy, I got rid of the captaincy for the good of English cricket, and we would not be here today if I had not done what I did then."[10]

Lancashire coachEdit

Following his dismissal as England coach, Moores accepted a job offer from Lancashire. He guided Lancashire to County Championship glory in 2011, the first time they had won the title outright since 1934. The title represented Moores third County Championship success. He also took Lancashire to the finals Day of the Twenty20 competition, although they lost at the semi final stage. 2012 represented a disappointing season for Lancashire, in which they were relegated into County Championship Division 2. However, the following season they were promoted after winning the second tier of the Championship, meaning Moores had achieved promotion with Sussex and Lancashire.

Return to EnglandEdit

After success as Lancashire coach, he was confirmed as the replacement of Andy Flower as head coach of England on 19 April 2014. Moores won his first game, an ODI against Scotland.

World Cup (2015)Edit

England's World Cup campaign got off to a poor start as they suffered a 111 runs defeat at the hands of Australia. They suffered another humiliating defeat in their next match as lost to New Zealand by eight wickets. England relieved the pressure on them by securing a comfortable win against Scotland, but another heavy defeat, this time nine wickets against Sri Lanka, meant that England had to win their final two games to qualify. Defeat against Bangladesh ended any hopes of qualification, which led to suggestions that Moores could be replaced as England coach. However, he was backed by Paul Downton to rebuild the side, with Moores himself saying he was committed to the job. England won their final match against Afghanistan by nine wickets.

Moores was removed from the England coaching post in 2015, after an ODI against Ireland.[11]

West Indies (2015)Edit

Moores remained in charge of England for their tour of West Indies despite the resignation of the man who appointed him, Paul Downton. In the first match of the series, England got off to a good start, posting 399 in the first innings and then bowling the West Indies out for 295. However, they were unable to force a result and the match ended in a draw, with the West Indies saving the match.[12] England won the second match of the series following a good batting display in the first innings. They bowled the West Indies out for 307 in the second innings, and then won the game by nine wickets thanks to contributions from Alistair Cook and Gary Ballance.[13] Despite this, England lost the final match of the series after setting the West Indies a small target to chase in their second innings after an England batting collapse. The West Indies won the match by five wickets to draw the series 1-1.

Restructuring and Sacking (2015)Edit

After the series Moores played down talk for the need of an enquiry, but rumours persisted that Moores' job was in danger.[citation needed] Moores remained in charge for the ODI match against Ireland, which was abandoned due to rain. After Andrew Strauss was appointed Director of Cricket, Moores was sacked as England coach and replaced by his assistant, Paul Farbrace.[citation needed] The ECB was heavily criticized for its treatment of Moores, with many players later coming out and saying they had enjoyed working with him.[citation needed]

Other cricket workEdit

On 18 January 2008 David Graveney was removed as the head national selector. Geoff Miller took the position over, heading up a four-man panel which included Moores, James Whitaker and Ashley Giles.[14] Moores is a member of Marylebone Cricket Club.[15]


  1. ^ "Peter Moores player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Moores appointed Lancashire coach". BBC Sport. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ "ngland name Moores as new coach". BBC News. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Pietersen out as England captain". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Peter Moores sacked: ECB should hang heads in shame - Stewart". BBC Sport. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Pietersen wants crisis talks with ECB". Cricinfo. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Moores on the brink after row". Cricinfo. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b "England captain Pietersen resigns". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  9. ^ Quoted in Booth, Lawrence. "Myths; And stereotypes." The Spin, 30 June 2009.
  10. ^ "England captain Pietersen resigns". ESPNcricinfo. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  11. ^ "I wasn't given enough time - Moores". ESPNcricinfo. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  12. ^ "1st Test, England tour of West Indies at North Sound, April 13-15, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  13. ^ "2nd Test, England tour of West Indies at St George's, April 21-25, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  14. ^ Graveney axed as England selector BBC News retrieved 18 January 2008
  15. ^ "Worcestershire County Cricket Club". Cricket Archive. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alan Wells
Sussex County Captain
Succeeded by
Chris Adams
Preceded by
Desmond Haynes
Sussex County Coach
Succeeded by
Mark Robinson
Preceded by
Rod Marsh
ECB Cricket Academy Coach
Succeeded by
David Parsons
Preceded by
Duncan Fletcher
England National Coach
Succeeded by
Andy Flower
Preceded by
Mike Watkinson
Lancashire County Coach
Succeeded by
Ashley Giles
Preceded by
Andy Flower
England National Coach
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Trevor Bayliss