Moores advises England to settle down quickly

A day after Peter Moores was appointed as Lancashire coach, he advised Andrew Strauss and Co to settle down quickly or else be left behind.

updated: February 13, 2009 08:58 IST
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While Kevin Pietersen was firing on all cylinders, Peter Moores remained reticent and a day after he was appointed as Lancashire coach the former England handler advised Andrew Strauss and Co. to settle down quickly or else be left behind.

Moores, who lost his job following his fallout with former skipper Pietersen, said he was disappointed but had no regrets.

"I would be wrong to say I was not disappointed about losing the job because I am a passionate Englishman and I love cricket and coaching cricket, so to lose a job like that was hard work," said Moores.

"I have no regrets but I look forward now to what is a great challenge for Lancashire - one of the biggest clubs in the country - and that is my focus totally," he added.

With England humiliated by the West Indies in the first Test, Moores felt the players need to adapt quickly to the changes happening to the game.

"There has been lots said about that and England have got a massive Test match coming up - it is not my responsibility anymore but over the last 18-20 months cricket has changed a tremendous amount and I think the key for every country is they have got to settle down very quickly and sort themselves out in that structure.

"The world of cricket has changed and will keep changing for the next few months," the 46-year-old told 'Independent'.

Talking about his new job, Moores said: "I had to think about it after losing the England job but it wasn't that big a decision for me. Of all the jobs apart from England I would want, in county cricket, it would be Lancashire. I was brought up around here, watched them as a child, so there is quite a strong connection.

"It is a massive club with a great history, so from that point of view it was easy."