Test vice-captain Joe Root has credited sacked England coach Peter Moores for his improvement with the bat over the past 12 months.
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Root was named England Cricketer of the Year by journalists after the Yorkshire batsman notched up 1,135 Test runs at an average of 95 over the past year.
The 24-year-old won the award for the first time after beating a shortlist which included the likes of James Anderson and Moeen Ali.
Root said his game had improved massively under the watchful eye of Moores.
“I think my game has improved drastically. A lot of credit for that has to go to Peter Moores,” Root is quoted as saying by the BBC.
“Over the past year, he has definitely got the best out of me – along with the rest of the coaching department.”
Root was left out of the final Test of the 2013/14 Ashes series, but was recalled when Moores was appointed England coach for the second time.
The right-hander also threw his support behind current Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, saying the Australian has all it takes coach England.
“At Yorkshire he has been fantastic in my development,” Root is quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.
“He took over when we were in Division Two and we’d had a really poor season the year before so the work he has done with the lads is fantastic.
“If he did get it I’m sure he would do a very good job at the highest level too.”