Gower backs England's 'fresh start'

  • Last Updated: May 1 2014, 16:16 BST

Former captain David Gower is confident England can emerge stronger from the rebuilding which has taken place following their Ashes disaster.

David Gower: A new start should be a positive
David Gower: A new start should be a positive

New England head coach Peter Moores and a revamped selection panel are set to name their first squad on Thursday for the one-day international against Scotland followed by a five-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

Part of the sweeping changes made both and off the field included the departure of Graham Gooch from his role as England batting coach on Thursday.

Gower, who played more than 100 Tests and captained the victorious 1985 Ashes team, feels such a fresh approach could just kick-start England's bid to get back to the top of the world rankings.

"Enforced change is one thing, judged change is another," said Gower.

"The blend of the two leaves you in a position where you have the experience to come back from a 5-0 drubbing, you have to do everything you can to put that behind you, and to use the interim period to reboot a bit, to pull yourself together.

"When you start again, the psychology is so right. There is a fresh start with new opposition, you look at yourself in the mirror as an individual and a team, and you can say 'actually we are not as bad players as people say we are'.

"Then, come May, you are off and running again to get back to the job.

"There are a lot of reasons to smile a bit and say 'things can turn around'. The worst thing would be to say 'we have not got a chance.

"Everyone will be driving towards starting on the right note, towards banishing any memories of the winter and look forwards.

"Between the partnership of Peter Moores and Alastair Cook, there is a chance to bring in some new faces and set a slightly different course."

Gooch will not be part of that rebuilding process, England's record run scorer in Tests leaving the backroom staff he first joined in 2009.

Gower - succeeded as England captain by Gooch in 1986 and who had an often strained relationship on the field - is in no doubt his old team-mate would have continued to approach the role with great endeavour.

"No-one likes a sacking, whatever word is used to describe it," said Gower.

"But it is part of the new broom, part of moving things forwards and onwards.

"That is the vulnerability of players, coaches and anyone involved in sport. All you can do is your best.

"Graham is a passionate believer in all things which people good players, which includes talent, hard work and lots of other things in between.

"He would have poured his heart into that role, but you get to a situation like this and sometimes things have to change."


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