England coach Moores backs Vaughan after Test frustration

ENGLAND coach Peter Moores has refused to blame their under-par over-rate as a reason for England’s failure to wrap up the opening npower Test before bad weather came to India’s rescue.

Bad light and showers eventually ended play in mid-afternoon with India clinging on at 282 for nine with England having fallen five short of the required over-rate the previous evening and five more short by the time the rain closed in.

Most of the delays were caused by captain Michael Vaughan ensuring he had his field just right as he attempted to keep the pressure on Indian batsman who were intent on saving the game and Moores would rather England continued to pay attention to detail than risk mistakes by rushing.

“We have to look at the bigger picture,” stressed Moores. “If we’re a couple of overs short in a session because the captain has moved the field and it’s gone towards getting a wicket then it’s great.

“We try to bowl our overs at a good rate and we’ve shown that we have done that over the summer against teams who sometimes haven’t.

“At certain stages of the game it sometimes takes time to set things up and get things right and get people in the right places.

“I thought Michael Vaughan was outstanding in his captaincy and trying to winkle out some of the batsmen who were intent on staying there and trying to save a Test match.”

For all England’s disappointment in failing to break India’s resistance before the rain arrived, Moores believes their performance at Lord’s suggests England have the bowling reserves to continue their development for years to come.

Facing one of the best batting line-ups in the world, there were genuine fears for an England attack without injured trio Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff.

But their replacements performed superbly as a unit.

Captain Michael Vaughan challenged them to maintain those standards for this week’s second Test at Trent Bridge.

The England captain was delighted with the displays of Jimmy Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom, Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar as England came within one wicket of claiming victory in the opening Test at Lord’s only for Mahendra Dhoni to hang on long enough to secure a draw.

“For someone like Chris Tremlett to bowl like that on his debut was a tremendous effort, Jimmy Anderson coming back into the team showed a hell of a lot of skill, control and also pace,” said Vaughan.

“Ryan also came back from where he left off against West Indies and I think we all know that Monty is a good bowler now, so I’m really pleased with the way the attack bowled.”

England’s selectors are expected to name an unchanged line-up for Friday’s second Test with Yorkshire seamer Hoggard missing from the squad despite recovering from the back spasm which sidelined him for Lord’s.

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