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Moody reluctant to become England coach

Moody dead-batted suggestions linking him with coaching England.

AFP |January 9, 2009, 3:41 PM IST
Moody reluctant to become England coach

Sydney: Australian Tom Moody dead-batted suggestions linking him with the vacant England coaching position Friday, and said he doubts Shane Warne has time to commit to one of world cricket's most demanding jobs.

Andrew Strauss was Thursday confirmed as England's new Test captain after the exits of former skipper Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores. Moody, who has coached English county Worcestershire and Sri Lanka and currently oversees Western Australia, said Friday he had not been approached by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

He also said he would be reluctant to move unless an offer emerged that was too good to be true. "In this day and age you are not going to turn your back on any opportunity, but... I'm very happy here in Perth, the family's settled, I've got a great job, enjoying what I'm doing," he told reporters.

"I've got no reason to look further afield. Warne, 39, has been linked with the England coaching position given his friendship with Pietersen, but he has been critical of the role of coaches in cricket in the past.

Moody said he also doubted whether Warne had the inclination or time to commit to coaching the country he tormented so many times with his peerless leg-spin, particularly in an Ashes year.

"It's an interesting one given Shane's public feelings about coaches and how they fit into the scheme of things," he said.

"There's no doubt Shane's a great leader, a great motivator, but whether he would want the job, whether he would be effective 24/7 or just as a consultant - maybe (that's) a better use of Shane Warne.

"He's got a few games of golf and a few hands of poker to play I think, so he may not have the time.

"While the prospect of Warne coaching England would dismay many Australians, his former Test teammate Justin Langer said times had changed.

"I guess when Rod Marsh went and coached the academy in England and I saw Rod Marsh in an England tracksuit, if I could see him in it then I could see anyone in it," Langer said.

"It's a professional world and a professional set-up today, and if it happens, it happens."

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