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Abrahams backs Moores to succeed

John Abrahams
Abrahams captained Lancashire for two seasons in the 1980s

Former Lancashire captain John Abrahams has backed Peter Moores to overcome his England disappointment at Old Trafford.

The Red Rose county have appointed the 46-year-old Moores as head coach - five weeks after he was sacked from the same role with England.

Abrahams told BBC Radio Manchester Moores' time with England would not be a factor in his new job.

He said: "I don't think his England experiences will have any effect on the way he approaches the Lancashire job."

England under-19s coach Abrahams worked alongside Moores in the national set-up and feels the former Sussex chief has everything in his favour to be successful in his new role.

"He had a proven record at county level," said Abrahams.

"I am sure he will try to bring some of the stuff he feels appropriate from his days at Sussex and he will bring elements of the international job, the England job, that he feels appropriate to benefit the club.

I don't think he's going to come in all guns blazing, unsettle everything and try to make everything absolutely different

John Abrahams on Peter Moores' appointment as head coach

"He's an intelligent bloke and he's very forward thinking. He also has a clear idea of what best practice is but because of his forward thinking nature, he can also predict, hopefully, what will make Lancashire, its players and its team successful in the very near future.

"I don't think he will make radical changes behind the scenes at Lancashire, it's not his way, but he will look at the structure and the infrastructure and at what's in place at the moment and he will bring his experience at both county and international level to bear.

"If he sees anything that does need changing I am sure he will make those changes. But I don't think he's going to come in all guns blazing, unsettle everything and try to make everything absolutely different compared to what it was because Lancashire is a prestigious county club.

"It has lots of potential as far as the players are concerned and, with the new building that's going on as well, this is probably as good a time as any to be involved with the county club."



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