Moores evens for Ashes win

  • Last Updated: April 19 2014, 11:14 BST

New head coach Peter Moores is even money with Sky Bet to lead England to an Ashes series win during his time in charge.

Peter Moores: New man at the England helm
Peter Moores: New man at the England helm

Moores' appointment in the role for a second time was confirmed on Saturday morning by the ECB. He will take charge of the team in all three formats. The jobs had previously been split between Andy Flower (Tests) and Ashley Giles (ODIs, T20s).

Sky Bet were quick to price up specials about how Moores' tenure will pan out, offering evens that the team wins at least one Ashes series during his reign.

The first chance to do so will come next summer - it's 8/1 that Moores is no longer in the job come the start of that five-match campaign against Australia.

The Leeds-based firm also go 5/1 that England win either the World Cup or the World Twenty20 with Moores at the helm.

Sky Bet cricket trader Tom Warburton said: "Moores wasn't an obvious selection for the ECB in our opinion given his forced exit five years previous.

"He's got a lot to do, with a depleted England side low on morale. We're 5/1 he wins any limited-overs trophy during his second reign."

Moores was backed at 33/1 in the next England coach market with Sky Bet in the wake of Flower's departure earlier in the year after which Giles was made a hot favourite for the head-coach role.

However, Giles' hopes were damaged as England's disastrous winter continued under his leadership.

After a 5-0 Ashes series loss under Flower, England were then beaten by Australia in ODI and T20 cricket before suffering a group-stage exit at the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh, a campaign which ended with a humiliating defeat to the Netherlands.

England's first game under Moores will be a one-day international against Scotland on May 9. They then play Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international on May 20 which is followed by an ODI series against the same opponents.

Moores' first Test will be against the Sri Lankans, starting on June 12.

The 51-year-old previously filled the job between 2007 and 2009 before a fall-out with then-captain Kevin Pietersen saw him leave.

Pietersen has since been controversially jettisoned by England, while with Graeme Swann having retired and Jonathan Trott having left the set-up due to a stress-related illness, Moores faces a tough task to rebuild what had been a highly-successful team until the winter's woes.

Most recently, Moores has been in charge of Lancashire in county cricket, leading them to the County Championship in 2011, something he had previously achieved with Sussex.


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