Stuart Broad expects the enthusiasm to return to England’s cricketers under Peter Moores.
Moores’ second stint as boss begins on Friday in Aberdeen in a one-day fixture with Scotland after a torrid winter where England were whitewashed by Australia in the Ashes and humbled by Holland in the World Twenty20 tournament.
“I’d expect to see the side play with a lot of passion and enthusiasm this summer, which I’m not out of place in saying was missing in Australia,” said Broad, who was given his England debut by Moores.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm about him coming back into the set-up.
“Just having a couple of little meetings with him you get how excited, how logically he talks about the game of cricket.
“I’d worked with him on the national academy and he made a middle practice at Loughborough University feel like a Test match.
“He has the ability to enthuse players.
“Just from chatting within the guys since his appointment, he’s got the respect of everyone around now and that’s the only important thing.
“Hopefully in a year’s time we can play the sort of cricket where we won’t even remember last winter.”
Moores was undermined by senior personnel during his first spell as coach from 2007 to 2009, with then captain Kevin Pietersen particularly culpable. Pietersen’s future has shrouded England for some time, with debate raging even since the record run-scorer was discarded from the set-up following the Ashes whitewash in Australia.
England managing director Paul Downton described Pietersen as “disconnected” from the team and the batsman was culpable in an apparent coup which ended Moores’ first spell as England coach in 2009.
Broad thinks England must now move forward.
He said: “It’s obviously a new era and you wouldn’t have thought Mooresy would be coach if KP would’ve been playing. Well, he wouldn’t be, would he?
“Everything happens for a reason and I think Mooresy is the right man to bring a lot of energy and passion back to this England side.”
Asked if he expects Pietersen to pop into the England dressing room during the first test of this summer against Sri Lanka, which begins on June 12, Broad said: “It would surprise me if he nipped in.
“Of course he’d be welcome but, actually, there’s a sign on the door at Lord’s. It says: ‘Anyone welcome at the captain and coach’s discretion’. So...
“Fortunately I won’t be captain at Lord’s and it won’t be my call.”