Lancashire’s latest batting star Luis Reece believes coach Peter Moores would be deserving of the England job, after the current Lancashire coach declared his interest in the role.
Moores will be interviewed this week for the job, with current coach Ashley Giles, Trevor Bayliss and Mick Newell thought to be the other candidates in the running.
Giles and Moores are seen as serious contenders for the head coach position vacated by Andy Flower and Reece thinks Moores would be a more than worthy recipient of the job.
‘‘Yeah of course he deserves it,” Reece told Quays News.
“He’s one of the best coaches, if not the best coach in England. If they do come knocking on the door, then there’s no one else who deserves it more than him.”
Reece played a major part in Lancashire’s stroll to promotion last season, with eight fifties at an average of 55.53, and he is confident the side can continue their impressive form in the new campaign.
‘‘Last year we set out the goal of getting promoted straight away, and we were able to do that in great style in the end,” he said.
“We did it quite easily so that was a great satisfaction. Hopefully this year we can reproduce the 2011 form when we won the trophy’’.
Despite the left-handers’ impressive Championship form one-day opportunities were hard to come by, with no appearance in the shorter format last term. But Reece does not seem overly concerned, preferring to focus on team objectives instead.
‘‘I just played the four-day stuff last year. All I can do is keep scoring runs, and then if there is an opening brilliant, I’ll be ready if and when I’m needed. The main aim is for the side to keep winning, so we’ll see what happens’’.
One of the most striking aspects of Lancashire’s triumphs in recent years has been the parallel success of the academy with players such as Reece, Kyle Hogg, Simon Kerrigan and Karl Brown all appearing, amongst others.
One constant throughout the academy system has been coach John Stanworth, who has helped guide and nurture the careers of these players at early stage.
‘‘Stanny’s done a great job,” said Reece. “Being part of the academy I’ve seen what he does first hand and he does a fantastic job. It shows with the amount of young players that are now turning into full time professionals.”
If Peter Moores was to secure the England job, Lancashire should have no problem appointing within. Stanworth, first team assistant coach Gary Yates and veteran fast bowler Glen Chapple having all been at the club for a considerable amount of time and would bring vast experience to the role.
For Reece, the goal is clear. He must re-establish himself at the top of the order during the opening stages of the season while looking to convert more steady fifties into match-winning hundreds at a considerably greater level.