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Paul Downton: ECB managing director talks about his new role and remits

Former wicketkeeper says England became "stale and defensive"

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ECB Managing Director Paul Downton speaks to Charles Colville about his appointment and England's cricketing future.

Paul Downton has had a lot to deal with since becoming managing director of the ECB.

The former wicketkeeper has swapped life as a high-powered stockbroker in the City for a return to cricket and is now responsible for leading England into a new era.

Downton has already stamped his authority on the role, handing Peter Moores a second stint as national coach and bringing the curtain down on Kevin Pietersen’s England career.

The 57-year-old outlined his future plans for English cricket in a sit-down interview with Sky Sports’ Charles Colvile - which you can watch in the video above - and revealed the following:

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  • How highly he rates Moores and how often he liaises with the new England coach

  • Why he sat in on the selection meeting ahead of the first Test at Lord’s

  • Why Alastair Cook is the right man to captain England

  • How England became “stale and defensive” before he took up his post in February

  • Why England found it so tough to deal with Mitchell Johnson in the winter

  • How he is focussing on working with counties and improving England’s ODI fortunes

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