Breaking news: Pietersen and Moores quit as England's captain & coach
According to Sky News
, Kevin Pietersen has quit as England's captain. Cricinfo reports
that Peter Moores, England's coach, has also resigned.
This follows the publicized clash of views between the two that required hurried intervention by senior folks at the ECB.
Pietersen had been named England captain 5 months ago
I guess we'll have to await confirmation from the ECB, but this is about the worst thing that England cricket needs now with a tour of West Indies starting in a couple of weeks
and a team that hasn't beaten significant opposition for 3 years now
, the last one being the home win over Pakistan in 2006
Now who'll be made captain? Strauss? But he isn't in the ODI team. Vaughan? Isn't that a retrograde move? Flintoff? He was cast aside after the 2006/07 Ashes thrashing
. Collingwood? He gave up the job 5 months ago and I'm not sure how much of a certainty he is in tests because he seems to be in the team on a per-test basis. Cook? Far too early! My guess is that the ECB, if it does accept Pietersen's resignation, will opt for Strauss as test captain & persuade Flintoff or Collingwood to be the ODI captain.
As for the coach, that's a toughie because the main candidates that people have talked about are associated with either Pietersen or Moores. Andy Flower
is a Moores pick while Graham Ford
was being backed by Pietersen. I guess that also rules out Warne!
Do I love it when England cricket is in trouble? Of course!Update
: I just had a rather evil thought. Does it seem like Pietersen doesn't quite enjoy it when things don't work out the way he wants? He quit South Africa
claiming that the system was unfair. Now he's quit as captain because he can't have his way with the coach.
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