MARTYN MOXON has hailed Peter Moores as “the best English coach going” and is backing him to put Team England back on track in tandem with former Yorkshire second XI boss Paul Farbrace.
Moxon believes the England and Wales Cricket Board have made the right decision to give Moores a second chance as coach as the nation looks to recover from a woeful winter in which they lost the Ashes and made no impression at the World Twenty20.
Farbrace resigned his position as Sri Lanka coach yesterday, paving the way for his appointment today as Moores’s assistant, and Yorkshire’s director of cricket Moxon believes they are the dream ticket partnership that can lead English cricket into a bright new era.
“Peter is the best English coach going in my view and Farby is another fantastic coach, and the two of them together are going to be a really strong partnership,” said Moxon.
“Both are very strong cricket people who know everything there is to know about the game and two really good blokes as well.
“They won’t stand any crap, but they’ll make the players feel good about themselves and help to bring the best out of them.
“They’ve got that nice balance between having authority but not being too rigid.”
Moores, who led England from 2007-2009 before being sacked following a dispute with the then captain Kevin Pietersen, was accused by some insiders of being too overbearing and authoritative during his first spell in charge.
Moxon believes that if mistakes were made, Moores will have learned from them and said his coaching credentials speak for themselves.
“I think Peter’s brilliant,” said Moxon. “He’s proven his qualities at Lancashire and Sussex and he’s got great knowledge of the game and enthusiasm for the game.
“Difficult situations are always going to crop up from time to time and it’s how you learn from them that’s important.
“If Peter made mistakes last time, I’m sure he’ll have learned from them, and I personally think he’s a terrific appointment.”
Farbrace left Yorkshire for Sri Lanka in December after two years working alongside Moxon and first-team coach Jason Gillespie.
The former Kent chief led Sri Lanka to the World Twenty20 title, but the lure of England proved too good to turn down.
“What a few months Farby’s had,” said Moxon.
“I’m delighted for him because he did a great job at Yorkshire and his enthusiasm for the game is unbelievable.
“He and Peter will have a lot of work to do to revive English cricket; replacing Swann and KP is going to be difficult, while Trott is obviously unavailable, and they’re three big pairs of shoes to fill for a start.
“So I think we have to expect a bit of a transitional period, but the England side is in good hands.”
Moxon expressed sympathy with Ashley Giles, who had been groomed as Andy Flower’s successor only to be overlooked following England’s disappointing showing in the World Twenty20, which included an embarrassing defeat to Netherlands.
Giles had been in pole position having been England’s one-day coach since November 2012, but poor results and inexperience counted against him.
“I feel a little bit sorry for Ashley because I think he’s been a victim of circumstance,” said Moxon. “He’s a good bloke and he’s been tarnished unfairly, I think, given the circumstances under which he’d been working.
“When he first took over, he didn’t always have his best players available to him because they were being rested for Test cricket, and after the Ashes was a tough time to try to reignite England’s fortunes.
“But he’s not become a bad coach overnight.”
Attention will soon turn to the make-up of Moores’s side for the first Test of the summer against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on June 12.
Yorkshire should have at least four players in contention in the form of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance.
They hope England will allow Bresnan to play in next week’s second team friendly against Lancashire at Headingley, which runs from Monday to Wednesday. The pace bowler has been resting after his winter with England but should be back for the County Championship match against Durham at Chester-le-Street starting on May 4.