Martyn Moxon: Paul Farbrace can be key component in England's revival

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Paul Farbrace is expectred to be confirmed as England's assistant coach today Paul Farbrace is expectred to be confirmed as England's assistant coach today

Martyn Moxon has backed Peter Moores and Paul Farbrace to spark a revival in England’s fortunes.

Yorkshire’s director of cricket has revealed his sympathy for outgoing limited-overs coach Ashley Giles, who many thought was a racing cert for the all-encompassing job until the recent World Twenty20 defeat against the Netherlands.

But, even so, he has backed the appointment of Lancashire’s Moores as head coach and Farbrace as his assistant, the latter which could be confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) tomorrow.

Former Yorkshire second XI coach Farbrace today resigned from his position as Sri Lanka’s head coach after a successful three-month tenure.

“To be honest, I think there’s a bit of work to be done,” said Moxon.

“Clearly, replacing Swann is going to be the most difficult - replacing KP as well. They’re not easy to replace. It looks like Trotty’s not going to be available either. They’re three big pairs of shoes to fill.

“I think they have to expect a bit of a transitional period, but I think for me the England team’s in good hands, that’s for sure.

"I think Mooresy's brilliant. I feel a little bit sorry for Ashley because I think he's been a victim of circumstance. But, by the same token, I think Mooresy is a top man as well, and I think it’s good that he’s getting another opportunity.”

Since leaving Yorkshire for Sri Lanka in December, Farbrace has overseen a Test series win in Bangladesh, a one-day Asia Cup triumph and success at the World Twenty20 earlier this month.

“What a few months he’s had! I’m delighted for Farby,” added Moxon.

“He’s got the capability of coaching all aspects of the game. His enthusiasm for the game is unbelievable, and he’s going to be ideal for that role. Together, it will be a really strong partnership.”

Meanwhile, Tim Bresnan is on course to play in Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship match against Durham, starting May 4.

He will play a second XI three-day match against Lancashire at Headingley on Monday, having been ordered to rest by the ECB after a busy winter.

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