England Cricket Fiasco Makes for Uncertain Future

Calum MacLeodContributor IJanuary 9, 2009

So England head in to one of the biggest summers of all with in fighting and upheaval in the board room.

The ECB have sacked their head coach, but seemingly not quickly enough as their captain has also left his post after what was only described as an "unhealthy situation" between Kevin Pietersen and Peter Moores.

The silence of English cricket's top dogs has done nothing but add to the confusion as to what really went on behind the scenes. It was evident from a very early stage that Pietersen and Moores were not getting on, but they always strived to do what was best for England.

This was not it.

Throughout the whole debacle, Pietersen has acted like a spoilt child, threatening his post unless he gets his way. This became apparent after he was overruled over the return of Michael Vaughan to the test fold.

Pietersen was desperate for his predecessor to return to the squad but Moores rightly believed that Vaughan wasn't ready. Nobody is indispensable and Vaughan's serious lack of runs throughout last season meant he certainly didn't deserve a place on the tour to the Caribbean.

Moores himself doesn't seem to have done a whole lot wrong. It's true to say that results have been poor but after plenty of positive starts in matches, I would be inclined to believe that that's more to do with lack of concentration on the field than lack of coaching off it.

He probably hasn't helped himself by keeping quiet in recent weeks. If he'd given the public some idea of where he stood, then he may have had more sympathy when the end eventually came. As it is, his lack of words only served the opinion that he was unclear on how to handle the situation.

His main problem however was Pietersen himself.

At first view, the appointment of Pietersen seemed a good one. But Moores soon realized that would have to work with a captain that didn't suffer fools gladly, had a very high opinion of himself and had probably spent a little bit too much time with Shane Warne!

Moores would have found it hard to cope with the ego of Pietersen as they battled to work together on taking the team forward. As it turned out, it was an impossible task.

So the new era begins.

With Andrew Strauss already fitting in to the captaincy with perfect precision and plenty of people pretending that they always knew Pietersen's appointment would be a failure, the attentions begin to turn to the coach.

Whoever gets the job can at least be assured that their captain will be a man of sensible integrity and not the exactly the public, egotistical type.

Of course, many names have been bandied about.

Andy Flower as Moores' right hand man, is the obvious choice but with his connections to the old regime so apparent, I think it would be much healthier to make a clean break and bring in someone with no baggage behind them.

Many believe that an English coach is needed, making the likes of Ashley Giles, Martyn Moxon and Mike Watkinson obvious candidates.

While I don't believe that Giles has the necessary experience yet, I also think that Moxon and Watkinson are more than happy with their respective counties and recent events may not make the job of England coach as attractive a proposition as it used to be.

My belief is that a foreign coach would be ideal. Someone who has seen the England events unfold from afar.

For me, there are only two main candidates. Dav Whatmore and Tom Moody.

Whatmore has substantial international experience and also knows the English game very well after a stint coaching Lancashire.

Moody spent many years playing and then coaching at Worcestershire before cutting his international coaching teeth in Sri Lanka.

Both men have the calming influence needed in times of crisis, along with the presence to gain immediate respect from any egos in the team.

Either Whatmore or Moody would be ideal to help with Pietersen's integration back in to the team.

KP will be hurting right now, but despite his faults he is undoubtedly the best player in the England team and will be an essential player if England are to regain the Ashes this summer.

Strauss will be a huge help to him but the longer the team go without a full time coach, the more the uncertainty will grow over the future, not just for Pietersen but for the entire England team.