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KP, Moores fallout, blame it on Warne: Gooch

cricket Updated: Jan 06, 2009 23:04 IST

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Whatever be England's troubles blame it on Shane Warne, believes former skipper Graham Gooch as he singled out the Aussie spin wizard for passing on his dislike for coaches to Kevin Pietersen during their time together at English county side Hampshire.

Gooch feels Warne may have influenced Pietersen in some way in his dislike for coach Peter Moores, who faces the axe after falling out with the South African-born captain of the English team.

"Pietersen has had problems in teams before," Gooch told 'BBC Radio 5 Live'. "He left Notts under a little bit of a cloud after a falling-out in the dressing room.

"Unfortunately I think he has been influenced a little bit by Shane Warne at Hampshire. Warne was a great motivator as a player but, as one of the all-time icons of the game and after leading the Rajasthan Royals to the Indian Premier League (IPL) title last year, he doesn't really believe in coaching.

"He had his own run-ins with John Buchanan, the former Australia coach, and similarly maybe Pietersen doesn't like the style of Peter Moores' coaching," Gooch said.

Moores' days though seem to be numbered, according to a number of former England cricketers.

However, many in the England dressing room believe Pietersen is seeking to blame the coach for his own tactical failings on the tour of India.

Gower feels Moores could be dismissed before England travel to the West Indies on January 21.

"I would not stake a huge sum of money (on Moores leading England to the West Indies)," Gower said.