Moores: Stanford $20m clash is not about the money but about playing for the England badge

Peter Moores insists England's players will be 'playing for the badge' and not just for financial gain when they take part in the Stanford Super Series this month.

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England will play a West Indies select XI in just under three weeks time in Antigua.

The winner of that match will take home US dollars 20million (approximately £11.5million) to share between the players and coaching staff.

Last week, England batsman Alastair Cook said the main reason behind the match was money, a claim rejected by England head coach Moores today.

'It (the Stanford Super Series) is an event sanctioned by the ICC (International Cricket Council), the West Indies Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board,' said Moores.

'It's an international game to be played by England. Alastair knows that and we'll be very proud to go out there and play for England.

'You can't get away from the fact that there's a lot of money involved but we have seen the whole nature of cricket change over the last 12 months.

'But realistically, when the lads walk out there they will be playing for the badge like they always do for England and will try and win that game to create some momentum to take to India.'

Moores also rejected claims Cook's heart is not in the series and backed the Essex opener to perform in Antigua.

'Alastair Cook is an exceptional individual. We've all seen that with every performance,' said Moores.

'Every time he pulls on that shirt he gives absolutely everything for his country. He's very committed, as we expect of all of our players. I think all our players feel the same way.

'We met up as a team last week to discuss all the winter programme, what we want to achieve, and all we want to do is represent the country the best you can.'