Joe Root has welcomed the opportunity to reunite with Peter Moores, as the England captain made his return to training at Trent Bridge.
Root enjoyed one of his finest periods as a Test batsman during Moores’ time as England Head Coach, scoring four unbeaten hundreds in ten matches and averaging 94.5.
The right-hander's form led to him being named England's 2014 Player of the Year and, unsurprisingly, the Yorkshireman has valued the opportunity to avail himself of the Nottinghamshire Head Coach’s input once more.
“You could argue that some of my best years batting-wise were whilst he was in charge," said Root.
"It has been nice to touch base with him again. There wasn't much coaching done yesterday; it was more about getting back into it, hitting some balls, and feeling good.
“It would be nice to get his input on things as the week progresses, leading into the next phase.”
Benefiting from a simple commute from his Sheffield home, Root is the second man to base at Trent Bridge for his return to training, as England’s players prepare for a three-Test series against West Indies, now due to begin on 8 July.
He joins compatriot Stuart Broad at the venue, with the Notts seamer making his return to his home ground last week.
After an unforgiving 12-month period including a World Cup, an Ashes series and a tour of South Africa, Root hopes his enforced break from cricket will prove beneficial in the long run.
"To start with everything seems a million miles an hour, but as a few hours went on, it seemed to come back to me," he said of his return to the nets.
“It was really nice to enjoy batting again. I think a lot of players will have found positives from having a period of time away from cricket, and feel really refreshed and energised coming back into it.
"Having played consistently for such a long period of time – and some quite high-pressured cricket in the last couple of years in particular – I definitely feel that the break will benefit me moving forward."
“You could argue that some of my best years batting-wise were whilst he was in charge, so it's been nice to touch base with him again."
Joe Root on Peter Moores
Root’s second child is due to be born in July, with the skipper committing to attending the birth despite the possible complications of stepping outside England’s bio-secure bubble.
Ben Stokes is expected to step up as captain if required – and Root has no qualms about leaving the side in the all-rounder’s hands.
"I think if Ben was captain he would be fantastic," said the 29-year-old skipper.
"One of his great qualities as vice-captain, and as a leader, is he sets the example.
“The way he goes about his training, how he wants to bowl in difficult circumstances, the way he stands up in different scenarios with the bat... he drags people with him and gets the best out of the players around him.
"I think that's a great quality to have as a leader and something he can take into captaincy if he was to get the opportunity.
“I could see him doing a very good job."