Moores: Victory starts World Cup healing process

Ross McLean
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ENGLAND head coach Peter Moores believes his side’s victory in the second Test against the West Indies represents a crucial first step in drawing a line under a dismal World Cup showing.

The tourists claimed a nine-wicket win in Grenada as seamer James Anderson turned the match decisively in England’s favour with an inspired bowling spell on Saturday’s final day, before half centuries from skipper Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance.

Success was England’s first in an overseas Test match since 2012, establishing a 1-0 series lead ahead of the final clash of the tour in Barbados, which starts on Friday.

“You can feel the euphoria of the win. It’s a great release” said Moores. “It is a big series because we’ve had a tough winter of one-day cricket, so to try and get people thinking positively about English cricket is key.”

Anderson, meanwhile, has moved to a career-high second in the ICC Test bowling rankings, Moores said of Anderson’s pivotal bowling stint in Grenada: “He found something in him that pushed him to another level. He was like a youngster again. It was a world-class spell.”