Moores - Axed pair can return

Harmison and Hoggard not out in the cold says England coach

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Moores - Axed pair can return

Moores: wants competition for places

It's always tough when you leave experienced people out like Steve (Harmison) and Matthew (Hoggard). Their job now is to respond to that and push hard to get back into the side.

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England coach Peter Moores has insisted that Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard still have Test futures.

The experienced fast bowling duo were both dropped following the heavy first Test defeat against New Zealand in Hamilton last week.

And their replacements for the second Test in Wellington - James Anderson and Stuart Broad - both impressed as England triumphed by 126 runs to level the three-match series at 1-1.

In the aftermath of victory at the Basin Reserve, Moores challenged Harmison and Hoggard to force their way back into the starting XI.

"No, not at all," Moores told Sky Sports when asked if it was the end of Harmison and Hoggard's international careers.

"They have both got over 200 Test wickets and have been fine performers for England so the challenge is out there.

Competitive vibe

"It's nice to have that competitive vibe when you have two experienced players who are not in the team but in the squad.

"Their job is to work very hard and put the guys in there under pressure and keep that competitive environment.

"We came to the decision it was time to make some changes which we did.

"It's always tough when you leave experienced people out like Steve and Matthew. Their job now is to respond to that and push hard to get back into the side.

"James Anderson had a great first innings taking five wickets and it was great to see Tim Ambrose coming on in his second Test and getting a hundred and man-of-the-match."

Inexperience

The only blemish on England's performance in the second Test was their fallible catching, which Moores put down to inexperience.

"Everybody knows inconsistency comes with inexperience sometimes," he added.

"We've said it's a work in progress. We've seen skills are learned over time, you don't get them straightaway.

"The lads desperately wanted to win this Test match and get themselves back on level pegging. that maybe affected it a little bit.

"But we keep on doing the work on a daily basis."

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