Moores: We are improving fast

England were convincingly defeated in the Tri-Series final, losing by 112 runs, but they had earlier impressed in two victories over India.

The Aussies will provide the opposition once again when England feature in the World Cup curtain-raiser on 14 February in Melbourne.

And, speaking ahead of a four-day break for the team before training gets back underway in Sydney, Moores says he sees England as potential tournament winners.

“This team’s got something about it,” said the head coach.

“We’re in a much stronger position now than we were when we came to Australia.

“It’s an exciting group of players to work with. I watch them play, train, hear them talking, and there’s a lot of things in that group that feel right.

“The feeling I get is that we’re improving quickly, which is really important because we’ve got to keep that improvement going through the World Cup.

“To win it we’ve got to keep getting better the whole way through. We have a group of players here who are very focused – as they should be – and they’re gaining some belief.”

Eoin Morgan will lead a young and relatively inexperienced side into the World Cup but Moores thinks youth may not prove a barrier to success.

“We’ll take something from the performances here because we’ll sit and talk openly and honestly about what happened,??? he said.

???That’s the beauty of working with younger players, they’re very open to changing things.

“They’re not ‘nice’, they’re quiet. They’re not soft at all, they’re quiet, there’s a big difference.

“Steely quiet is different to being soft. Those who haven’t played internationals much have to find their way of being tough to play against.

???We’ve got those finding their style of how they’re going to be, much like Jimmy Anderson found his way through his career. Now, people find him hard to face.

“We’ve got a few lads finding that, but they’ll find it fast.”

Moores says he will encourage the players to get away from cricket this week before they face the prospect of a pair of warm-up matches in Sydney.

“A decent break was always planned,??? he said. ???One of the things we said when we came here was ???we’re in Australia, let’s enjoy it???.

“Let’s work really hard on the field, and off it, let’s go and see places and meet people, because I think that’s really important.

“This is our time to relax, recharge and, when we get to Sydney, be in the right place for the World Cup.

“It’s a long tournament and we want to enjoy it. The players are free to do whatever they like.”

England have fielded the same XI for their last four matches but Gary Ballance, Alex Hales, James Tredwell and Chris Jordan may get a chance in the warm-up contests.

“Sydney is an opportunity to look at people if we want to,” said Moores.

“Like any side in transition, you try new things and give opportunities to people.

“We’ll take that into consideration but we’re trying to be settled coming into this tournament.”