Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 10th 2015 Contents England appointed former captain Andrew
Strauss as its new director of cricket yester-
day and announced the departure of head
coach Peter Moores less than an hour later
in a bid to restore the fortunes of the troubled
Strauss, one of the country s most successful
captains, was empowered to decide the long-
term strategy of English cricket and his first
decision was to end Moores second spell as
coach after a year in charge.
"At the moment it s difficult to put into
words how I feel except to say how disap-
pointed I am in the way my term as England
coach has ended," Moores said in a statement.
"I knew when I took on the role that this
was going to be a tough period for English
cricket and I would need time and support
to get new players through. My frustration is
not being given that time."
In 52 matches in all formats under Moores
since May last year, England has lost 29 and
won 19. England failed to get out of its group
in the Cricket World Cup and then drew 1-
1 in a test series against a weakened West
Paul Farbrace, England s current assistant
coach, will take charge of the team for the
two-test series against New Zealand starting
May 21. England also hosts Australia in a five-
test Ashes series this summer.
The 38-year-old Strauss retired in 2012 after
captaining England to back-to-back Ashes
series victories and the team s rise to No. 1 in
the test rankings. As an opening batsman, he
scored 7,037 runs in 100 tests at an average
In retirement, he has worked as a TV pundit
and newspaper columnist, and has now taken
up one of the most powerful positions in Eng-
Strauss, who was born in South Africa, will
"oversee the England s senior men s team
including their performance and development
programmes and the selection process and
player pathway," according to the ECB. The
position was created after the ECB fired man-
aging director Paul Downton last month fol-
lowing England s dismal World Cup cam-
"Andrew s breadth of ideas, his passion for
England cricket and his proven leadership
skills shone out," ECB chief executive Tom
"He was an exceptional England captain,
is an authoritative voice on the modern game
and has a wealth of experience building suc-
cessful teams. Andrew is also widely respected
across the sporting landscape. We re delighted
he s joining us at the ECB as we set out to
create a new strategy for the game."
Former Australia internationals Jason Gille-
spie and Justin Langer have been mentioned
in the British media as potential replacements
Since losing 5-0 in the Ashes series in Aus-
tralia in 2013-14, England has seen the depar-
ture of Andy Flower as coach, Alastair Cook
as ODI captain, Ashley Giles as limited-overs
coach, backroom staff members Graham
Gooch and Mushtaq Ahmed, and gone through
two managing directors.
Star batsman Kevin Pietersen has also seen
his national contract terminated in an attempt
by England to restore unity and harmony in
the dressing room.
Pietersen is seeking a way back into the
England team but Strauss appointment is
unlikely to help his chances. Pietersen claimed
in his recently published autobiography that
a clique of players bullied and intimidated
teammates in the Flower era in which Strauss
One of Strauss top priorities will likely be
overhauling England s ODI team to make it
more competitive after years of failure in the
50-over format. Despite its recent disappoint-
ment in the West Indies, England still has a
competitive test team that is ranked fourth in
Moores was described as the "outstanding
coach of his generation" when appointed and
was a popular figure among England s players.
But he was criticised for alleged outdated
strategies and reliance on statistics, with critics
saying England needed a leader with more
gravitas and experience of the international
"I believe time will show that I have been
instrumental in the identification and devel-
opment of a new group of England players
who will go on and bring honor and success
to the England badge," Moores said.
"My record in developing players stands for
itself and, though we have had some frustra-
tions along the way, I am confident that this
team will go on and bring the success the
supporters desperately want to see." (AP)
DHAKA---Pakistan finally ended the victory
drought on its Bangladesh tour, winning
the second and final Test by a massive 328
runs yesterday to take the series 1-0.
The Test was Pakistan s last chance to sal-
vage a miserable tour after being swept in
the one-day internationals, losing the Twen-
ty20, and conceding a draw in the first Test
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah returned figures
of 4-73 as Pakistan completed the formalities
of the victory just one hour after lunch on
the fourth day, bowling out Bangladesh for
221 in its second innings.
"We have played really good cricket over
the last four, five years and I think we dom-
inated throughout this (Test) series also,"
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said. "Even
the first Test was pretty much in our hands
but there was a really good performance by
Bangladesh to save the Test match."
Mominul Haque was the highest scorer
for the hosts with 68 while Tamim Iqbal
made 42. Shuvagata Hom was the last bats-
Mominul became the fourth batsmen to
score a half-century in 11 consecutive Tests.
Shah s four-for was complemented by fast
bowler Imran Khan, who finished with 2-
56 and ran through Bangladesh s top order
in the morning session to take Pakistan close
Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad
Hafeez took one wicket apiece.
"When your team becomes capable to
score 500 plus runs consistently, you can
get any team under pressure," Misbah said.
Pakistan scored 557-8 in its first innings,
and 195-6 in its second.
Most of the Bangladesh batsmen threw
away their wickets with impatient strokes.
"In the last test we played really well and
we could have at least batted well in this
Test and that s why it feels bad," Bangladesh
captain Mushfiqur Rahim said.
Opener Tamim, who hit a career best 206
in the first Test, was the first man out in
the morning session when he nicked Imran s
delivery to Sarfraz Ahmed.
He fell seven runs short of becoming the
highest run scorer for Bangladesh.
Imran struck again with the wicket of
Mahmudullah (2) who pushed away from
his body to get an outside edge and Younis
Khan took a brilliant reflex catch at slip,
leaving Bangladesh 95-3.
Shakib Al Hasan (13) hastened the downfall
of the team by playing a rash shot, lured by
Hafeez who gave more flight to invite him
Yasir Shah then removed Mushfiqur for a
duck, with the batsman dragging a turning
delivery onto the stumps.
Mushfiqur s dismissal effectively ended
Bangladesh s slim chances of taking the
match into the fifth day.
Pakistan needed an hour to complete the
formalities after the lunch, with Soumya
Sarkar (1) and Mominul removed in the space
of just one over.
Shuvagata Hom delayed the inevitable for
Bangladesh, which was bowled out for
203 in its first innings, resumed the day 63-
1 in its bid to chase an unlikely target of 550.
"I think it was a good win," Pakistan coach
Waqar Younis said. "(Bangladesh) fought
really hard but we were more experienced."
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt May 10, 2015
Pakistan pummels Bangladesh by 328 runs
Pakistan 1st Inns: 557-8 dec.
Bangladesh 1st Inns: 203
Pakistan 2nd Inns: 195-6 dec.
Bangladesh 2nd Inns
T Iqbal c Sarfraz b Imran
I Kayes b Yasir
M Haque not out
Mahmudullah c Younis b Imran
S Al Hasan c Riaz b Hafeez
M Rahim b Yasir
S Sarkar c Sarfraz b Riaz
S Hom b Junaid
T Islam c Aslam b Yasir
M Shahid not out
S Hossain absent hurt
Extras: (4b, 4lb, 8nb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-86, 3-95, 4-121, 5-
126, 6-139, 7-143, 8-177, 9-221.
Bowling: Junaid Khan 10.5-1-45-1 (5nb),
Imran Khan 11-1-56-2 (1nb), Yasir Shah 21-3-
73-4, Wahab Riaz 11-1-36-1 (2nb),
Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-3-1
Result: Pakistan won by 328 runs.
To ss : Bangladesh.
Umpires: Nigel Llong, England, and Paul
TV umpire: Ranmore Martinesz, Sri Lanka.
Match referee: Jeff Crowe, New Zealand.
Pakistan's Yasir Shah, top, congratulates teammate Asad Shafiq for taking a catch to dismiss
Bangladesh's Mominul Haque during their fourth day of the second Test cricket match in
Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday. Pakistan won by 328 runs. AP PHOTO
Strauss hired, Moores fired in overhaul of English cricket
Andrew Strauss...New England and Wales
Cricket Board's director of cricket.
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