Moores expects Lancashire response
Head coach Peter Moores insists his Lancashire side “have got to move on quickly” as they look to get their LV= County Championship title charge back on track against in-form Warwickshire at Aigburth tomorrow.
After reducing Nottinghamshire to 27 for five on the first morning, the Red Rose squandered the opportunity to replace Durham at the top of the Division One table when they were finally defeated by 122 runs by the 2010 champions.
Moores believes his side can't afford to dwell on the loss as they prepare for the crucial encounter against Warwickshire, who have gone quietly about their business in the four-day game this season.
“You have got to be able to take a loss. We have won some very good games and we have obviously been beaten in a tight game. We have got to move on quickly,” he told Lancashire's official website.
Lancashire still sit pretty in second place, just two points behind Durham and 11 points ahead of third-placed Warwickshire, who have a game in hand.
With five games remaining for his men, Moores is aware there is still a lot more cricket to be played before the Division One title is determined.
“It’s still very much in the mix and from that point and, with five games to go, it will come down to the side that can win maybe three of those games,” he added.
“There’s still a lot to play for. We know we are playing some very good cricket and we’ve got some great challenges ahead. We have got lots of good cricket to play
“The way the county circuit works means we will be back in action on Sunday in a one-day game and get ready for that and get some momentum to take into the Warwickshire game.”
Lancashire have opted to take all their championship fixtures on the road this season and, after performing well so far, Moores is hoping the Red Rose faithful can get behind their side again at Liverpool.
“There’s something lovely about going to an outground, the atmosphere is slightly less sterile,” he said.
“You are in contact with the public, we have had big crowds every day and the atmosphere of the crowds has been great. The players have enjoyed it and it has been a good advert for cricket.”
Lancashire somewhat mis-read the conditions against Notts and opted to play two spinners but, with the Aigburth wicket likely to offer assistance to the seamers, Moores could recall Sajid Mahmood, who made way for Simon Kerrigan against Chris Read’s outfit.
Another option would be to include Pakistan seamer Junaid Khan who, despite being used primarily as a limited-overs bowler thus far, could also flourish on the Aigburth surface.
Warwickshire have gone somewhat un-noticed as they have made their charge up the table with three straight victories, including a double over Sussex and a 10-wicket triumph over last season’s runners-up Somerset, and could be boosted by the inclusion of Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The West Indies batsman, who has signed for the final two months of the season, is set to arrive in Birmingham today but Warwickshire will have to wait until the ECB give him permission to play before they name their side.
Even if the experienced left-hander does receive clearance, he may not be guaranteed a place in the side as the Bears may opt to play New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel, who is still in the country despite Chanderpaul’s arrival.
Boyd Rankin may return to the squad after recovering from a thigh injury, while opening batsman Ian Westwood is rated 50-50 after suffering a broken little finger in the win over Sussex.