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Moody wasn't ready for England

Former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody says he was not ready to return to international cricket when the England coaching job became available earlier this year.

The 48-year-old was on the England and Wales Cricket Board's shortlist to replace Andy Flower as head coach but withdrew from the recruitment process after exploratory discussions.

England subsequently reappointed former head coach Peter Moores to the position, but have made a slow start under his leadership with defeats in both the one-day and Test series against Sri Lanka.

"I had conversations with the ECB but I made the decision not to continue my interest in the position,\" said Moody, who coaches Indian Premier League franchise Hyderabad Sunrisers and also has a role as director of cricket with the Caribbean Premier League.

"I'm very fortunate to have some incredibly exciting jobs with the CPL, the IPL and in the media and I wasn't ready to make the leap of faith back into international coaching.

"Who knows, I may have thrown my hat in and come fourth or fifth.

"Like most things in life it was down to timing, and it wasn't right for me, but it's an incredibly attractive job and I certainly wouldn't close the door on international coaching in the future."

The former Australia international warned that England's players were falling behind some of their rivals because of a lack of participation in the IPL and CPL.

"England is a very attractive job right now because any job where you're coming in at the rebuilding stage is exciting," he said.

"There's an opportunity to put your thumb print on the team, on the brand of cricket you want, on the values you think are important.

"But losing to Sri Lanka last month was a bit of a wake-up call and when the India series starts it's not a given that it's just going to be a home-patch win.

"Teams are getting wiser and smarter about playing in other parts of the world and franchise cricket - the IPL, the CPL - is a lot to do with that.

"It's a lot of international players sharing a dressing room, breaking it down. England's summer is the reason they can't do that and, forgetting about the financial side, they are missing out on a unique opportunity.

"These competitions are the best learning experience you can have as a player or a coach.

"Take a young player like Jos Buttler: if he's not there there's no doubt his progress is not going to be as rapid as someone who is getting those experiences."