Warne behind Pietersen-Moores rift

Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 11:12 [IST]
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Warne's to blame for Pietersen stand-off

London: Former England captain Graham Gooch alleged that captain Kevin Pietersen had been influenced by his friend Warne in developing a rift with Peter Moores, whose tenure as coach looks grim.

Pietersen clearly detests Moores' methodical ways and they barely speak.

"Unfortunately I think he has been influenced a little bit by Shane Warne at Hampshire," Gooch told BBC Radio. "Warne was a great motivator as a player but, as one of the all-time icons of the game and after leading the Rajasthan Royals to the Indian Premier League title last year, he doesn't really believe in coaching."

Warne has admitted as much. "I believe you need a manager rather than a coach," said Warne, who had a similar row with Australia's coach, John Buchanan, prior to the 2006 Ashes.

"As an international cricketer, you know you're good enough and you don't need a coach getting too technical."

So the stalemate has come to a head, with Pietersen due back from holidays on Thursday and the England and Wales Cricket Board to decide Moores' future by the end of the week.

It's hardly ideal preparation for the coming Ashes series in England.

Reports have suggested numerous candidates for the coaching job, including Western Australia's Tom Moody, while Warne refused to comment.

The likely contenders appear to be Pietersen's mentor Graham Ford, Moody, Ashley Giles, Michael Vaughan and Andy Flower.

Another former England skipper, Nasser Hussain, said: "If you are asking me who is more important, Kevin Pietersen or Peter Moores, then there is only one winner and that's Kevin Pietersen.

"That's what he knows and that's why he's probably flexing his muscles."

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