Peter Moores speaks to Cricket AM about England's performance and Kevin Pietersen.
Last Updated: 31/07/12 11:11am
Lancashire coach Peter Moores speaks to Cricket AM about England's performance and Kevin Pietersen.
Moores' rise through coaching ranks was impressive and he was named as the successor to Duncan Fletcher as England coach in 2007. However in 2009 he was removed as coach following a public falling out with England captain Kevin Pietersen, who was also removed as skipper.
Moores took over at Lancashire and led them to their first outright Championship in 77 years last season. And the legacy he created during his time at England have helped them to become the best Test team in the world under the guidance of Andy Flower - who Moores introduced into the England set-up.
"It's great to see England doing so well. I know Andy well and he has done a fantastic job as coach," said Moores on Cricket AM.
"It's great to see the coaching staff do so well and the support staff, and also the players who we brought in who have gone on and done well. Behind the team there is also a performance centre, run by Dave Parsons which has also done well.
"England are hanging onto that number one spot at the moment - it's a great series and it is going to be really tough. I think even if South Africa do go onto win the series, England are still very strong and I think over the next few years we will stay up there and be really competitive."
The hum of Test match cricket
Moores has no regrets from his days as England coach and remembers the build ups to Test cricket fondly.
"I loved it, it was brilliant. You remember certain things like Lord's on the day of a Test match. You walk out onto the balcony and just before the game is about to start there is this hum around Lord's.
"There is that environment in the dressing room where the lads are waiting to start and are nervous. I loved it and I would not change a great deal - there are certain things when you look back that you might change here and there but it was great fun.
"My only regret is that maybe we [Kevin Pietersen] could have spent more time together.
"The captain and coach relationship is very key relationship - it's a bit like a marriage in some ways and hopefully gets better with time.
"You are going to have your ups and downs; as a coach you are trying to prepare teams and captains lead them. You need to get that balance right. For me and Kevin it didn't work out, we did not have much time."