England v India: Peter Moores hails new-found killer instinct
England v India: Peter Moores is thrilled to see his side put the tourists to the sword to win series 3-1
Peter Moores has hailed England for finding their killer instinct after returning to winning ways against India in the recent Test series.
Moores’ men came from 1-0 down to seal the series 3-1 for a first series win in a year, with his side starting to keep pressure on their opponents for a sustained period of time.
We have got a big seven-month gap. We have got a bit of a template now of a team emerging. That is somewhere to start
“At the start of the summer we were frustrated because we actually played some good cricket,” Moores told ECB’s website.
“Some players were playing well; we saw Gary Ballance and Joe Root play some great innings, but we weren’t turning that into match-winning moments or match-winning games. We were throwing away chances.
“What we have seen in the second half is the lads have managed to keep the pressure on for longer and we have driven that home, resulting in a series win. We have kept the pressure on India for so long and shown really good discipline with both bat and ball.”
With seven months before their next Test cricket action, England will now turn their attention to limited over cricket with the world cup just around the corner.
Moores, though, believes his side have progressed with their recent performances and that a platform has been built for the future.
He added: “We have got a big seven-month gap. We have got a bit of a template now of a team emerging. That is somewhere to start.
“We have obviously got key series against West Indies and New Zealand and then the Ashes.
“We put Test cricket away for a little while to concentrate on one-day cricket, but we go back to it with some plans and performances that we can pick up straight away.”