And he has less than kind words for Peter Moores…
Former England and Surrey all-rounder Adam Holliake has said that it’s England’s fear of failure that is holding them back.
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Holliake also says that now is the time for coach Peter Moores to prove that he can truly coach the side after England have won just one test series since he took over as boss.
England are currently trying to remain in the Cricket World Cup after devastating losses to both New Zealand and Australia in the preliminary round.
And Holliake says that Moores must find a way to make his side both calm and control after criticism of the coach’s methods.
“England have got as good a players as any side in the World Cup, there is no doubt, but like so many teams they have a massive fear of failure,” said Hollioake, reports Daily Mirror. “It is a curse.”
“I don’t know Peter Moores and what specifically is going on in the dressing room, but I know cricket and I can see that the England team is playing with fear.
“You don’t have to be Einstein to work that out.
“Teams need to go out and have a crack and not worry about failing, but the only England team that I ever saw play that way was the 2005 Ashes winning side.
“It is just a game of cricket. Just go and play the game, it is a ball coming down and you hit it, that’s it.”
However, there have been reservations over Moore’s coaching style with Kevin Pietersen, Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood all having reservations.
And Hollioake isn’t any more supportive, he said: “He might have been the best coach first time around, but I don’t know how you can come back and not be looking over your shoulder.
“You’ve got to be able to coach with the same level of freedom and without fear of failure as well. We all have it in our jobs and a coach is no different so it is going to be hard for him.”