Steve Harmison: Peter Moores will not shy away from difficult issues
Former England fast bowler Steve Harmison says Peter Moores will not duck making tough decisions about big-name players.
Last Updated: 22/04/14 11:28am
Moores was appointed as England's new head coach on Saturday, and it will be his second spell in the role - his first ended in the sack five years ago.
Harmison was a key member of his team but Moores dropped the Durham man and fellow opening bowler Matthew Hoggard during the tour of New Zealand in 2008.
Harmison, writing in the Newcastle Chronicle, says he was impressed with the way Moores went about dropping him.
"In 2008 Peter Moores nearly ended my England career, but I'm delighted he's been given another crack as coach," he wrote.
"You might think that's an odd thing to say after he dropped Matthew Hoggard and I in New Zealand in 2008.
"It was a tough decision to take, but he went up in my estimation with the way he handled it.
"There are tough choices to make. Peter will not duck them. Hoggard and I were England's long-standing opening bowlers when we toured New Zealand in 2008. But we weren't performing, so Moores dropped us.
'Open and honest'
"He was open and honest with me, looking me in the eye and telling me why. James Anderson and Stuart Broad were doing better, so they got the nod.
"Of course I was disappointed, but I didn't have any animosity towards him because of the way he handled it. I went back to Durham determined to prove myself, and helped us win the County Championship that year.
"Moores probably wanted to push me to one side and move on, but he was big enough to bring me back into the Test team.
"He even talked me out of one-day international retirement when Ryan Sidebottom was injured. Moores is also the man who made Kevin Pietersen - a divisive figure born in South Africa - his captain.
"It backfired when Pietersen turned on him, causing both to lose their jobs, but he was not frightened to make such a big call. He doesn't skirt big decisions or manoeuvre you out in a sly way."