By Ross Hart

English cricket is in turmoil as captain Kevin Pietersen resigned and coach Peter Moores was sacked in dramatic fashion yesterday.

Batsman Andrew Strauss will captain England for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies, which starts on January 25th with a warm up match against a St Kitts and Nevis Invitation XI before the first test in Jamaica on February 4th.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that there had been an “irretrievable breakdown” in Pietersen and Moores’ relationship and that the squad had been split as a result.

In a statement, Hugh Morris, managing director of the ECB, said: “The England and Wales Cricket Board has late this afternoon accepted, with regret, the resignation of Kevin Pietersen as England captain.

“Kevin recognised that in the present situation it was impossible to restore the dressing room unity, which is vital, if England are to win the forthcoming tour to the Caribbean, the ICC global events or regain the Ashes in the npower Ashes Test series.”

Motherwell 1-0 Hearts

By Ross Hart

Hearts missed the chance to move level on points with Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League after a 1-0 defeat to Motherwell last night.

Chris Porter’s early header was enough to condemn Csaba Laszlo’s side to a fifth game without a win ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup derby with Hibernian.

The home side started the game with more purpose than their visitors and Jim O’Brien fired a ball across the face of the Jambos’ goal but no ‘Well player was able to capitalise.