Cricket World Cup 2015: Paul Collingwood fears for Peter Moores

Former England captain Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood made a record 197 appearances for the England ODI side
Cricket World Cup Pool A: New Zealand v England
Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium; Date: Friday, 20 February; Time: 01:00 GMT
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Ex-England captain Paul Collingwood says coach Peter Moores may lose his job if results do not improve soon.

England suffered an 111-run defeat to Australia in their World Cup opener on Saturday, their ninth loss in their last 13 one-day internationals.

Collingwood, 38, who is now part of the Scotland coaching team, thinks a poor World Cup tournament would leave Moores in a vulnerable position.

"In the industry we are in, it comes down to results," said Collingwood.

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"Things will have to change around quickly if he doesn't want the pressure on his shoulders.

"If you are a batsman who doesn't put runs on the board, or a bowler who doesn't take wickets, you get dropped and it's exactly the same with a coach. If you don't get results, people will be looking at your job."

Peter Moores factfile
2003: Coaches Sussex to their first-ever County Championship title
2005: Succeeds Rod Marsh as head of the England National Cricket Academy
2007: Appointed as England coach following the resignation of Duncan Fletcher
2009: Sacked as England coach after a falling out with captain Kevin Pietersen
2011: Coaches Lancashire to a first outright County Championship title since 1934
2014: Appointed as England coach for the second time

Collingwood, who worked with Moores' predecessor Ashley Giles as England's specialist coach at last year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, believes the England batsmen have the quality to recover from Saturday's defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and make an impact on the competition.

"I think England have the most powerful batting line-up they have ever had," he told The Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show on Radio 5 live.

"I was involved with England for seven weeks last year with [then coach] Ashley Giles, and when you see the talent and the power the batsmen have and the way the guys balls hit the ball, it is incredible."

The Durham batsman, who was captain of the only the England side to win an ICC trophy, the 2010 World Twenty20, has particularly been impressed by the progression of James Taylor.

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Taylor, who was awarded an England increment contract this week, top scored with an unbeaten 98 in the Pool A defeat to Australia.

"He is a run-getter. Sometimes it does not look pretty, but he knows his own game and limitations," Collingwood said.

"But the main thing is he knows his strengths. he is good at gauging when to take risks, and he has a lot of shots."

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott
"When you have a top job results are important and England's results haven't been good at all. "You can't blame one man. It's like in football - if results are bad after a while, they can't sack the whole 11 so they sack the manager or coach."

One England batsman who has been struggling for form is captain Eoin Morgan, who has been dismissed without scoring in four of his last five innings, but Collingwood says the Dubliner should be wary of trying to overanalyse his game and his technique.

"You tend to try to work and work and work but that can get you into a deeper hole. The only way to get out of a rut is to score runs out in the middle."

You can listen to the interview with Paul Collingwood on the The Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show on Wednesday at 19:30 GMT. The programme will subsequently be available for download as a podcast.

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