Root thanks departed coach Moores after picking up award
Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30
England's player of the year Joe Root claims he has former coach Peter Moores to thank for the drastic improvement in his individual performance.
Root, dropped in Sydney at the end of England's Ashes whitewash defeat under Andy Flower's regime last year, has gone on to average almost 95 in Tests during Moores' second tenure.
Root has now been recognised as England's outstanding player in the past 12 months across all formats and the new vice-captain is in no doubt that Moores, who was sacked last week, was the one man who has helped him most.
"I think (my batting) has improved drastically," Root said. "A lot of credit for that has to go to Peter Moores. Over the past year, he has definitely got the best out of me - along with the rest of the coaching department."
Root began with an unbeaten maiden double-century against Sri Lanka at Lord's last summer. As he prepares to try to continue his brilliant form in the corresponding Test a year on, against New Zealand, the 24-year-old Yorkshireman can reflect on three further big unbeaten hundreds and an annual aggregate of 1,135. He has been no slouch either in the shorter formats, despite England's moderate results.
Root needs no prompting to single out the help of Moores, who lost his job nine days ago as new England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss made immediate changes following an early exit from last winter's World Cup and a disappointing drawn Test series in the West Indies.
"I think, when I came back from Australia, I realised a lot of the time out there I was trying to work on things I wasn't too good at rather than spending more time strengthening the stuff I am good at," he revealed.