Nottinghamshire’s new signing from Worcestershire, Joe Clarke, says Peter Moores is the best coach in England.

Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo’s Jon Cully, the 22-year-old England Lions batsman believes Trent Bridge, under Moores, is the place to fulfil his international ambitions. 

"It was a difficult decision to leave Worcestershire," he said. "I was an academy guy there and it was a tight group.

“They have some good, exciting young players. We had just won T20 finals day and you could see the future was bright.

"But Notts have a proven history of producing lads who have gone on to play for England.

“They play on good surfaces and Peter Moores is someone who commands great respect as probably the best coach in England, especially in county cricket.

"I was especially looking forward to working with him and having done a couple of sessions with him I can already see why he is held in such high regard.

"I'm not necessarily looking too far ahead at that end goal now, but I want to move to the next level and I thought Notts was the right move to hopefully take me there."

Clarke, a stylish right-hander who averages 40 from his 61 first-class appearances with 12 centuries, is about to jet to the United Arab Emirates where the Lions will play first-class and 50-over cricket against Pakistan A.

It will be his seventh overseas expedition with England’s second string, the first of which came at the age of 19.

The former Worcestershire man hopes to make this tour his most successful to date.

"I do think now after three or four seasons of first-team cricket I am a lot better suited to come on these trips," he said.

"I know a lot more about my game. And although you are seen as part of a group of people who are next in line, I feel I can now treat these [Lions] matches like any other game.

"Rather than going out thinking ‘if I get runs, I could be the next one into the England team’, I feel ready to relax and play my natural game."

Read the full ESPN Cricinfo interview feature here…


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