Peter Moores praises Haseeb Hameed
Peter Moores has hailed the development of Haseeb Hameed, a player he used to coach during his time at Lancashire.
Moores, a Championship title-winning coach with the Red Rose county in 2011, is now a coaching consultant with Division One rivals Nottinghamshire.
He initially left Emirates Old Trafford at the start of 2013 to return to the England job, but that did not work out and he is now back in county cricket.
Opening batsman Hameed was on Lancashire’s Academy during the Moores’ reign.
Now, he is a fixture in a first-team who are chasing a second Division One crown in six years.
The 19-year-old has scored two hundreds this year, both in the last month. And the second came at Trent Bridge last week, where Moores was watching on.
"John Stanworth was looking after the Academy at that stage, and it was a good crew,” said Moores.
“Saqib Mahmood, Haseeb, Matty Parkinson were all pushing hard. We were always aware we had some talent in that group.
"Has trained more with the pros than the other two when I was there. He was at Bolton School and got a day off a week to come and net with us.
“He would only be 15 or 16 when he was netting with Paul Horton and they’d be having competitive nets. He was standing up to the senior players even then. It’s nice to see him coming through.
"He's a good player. We watched him in the first game and then at Trent Bridge, and it looks like he's getting the right tempo for four-day.
“You've still got to put the bad balls away, but he plays nice and late and in his own way. He looks like he's coming on nicely.
"The 12 months before this period was probably quite tough for him.
“He got left out of the Under 19s World Cup side and struggled a bit. But all good players do that, and it will have been good for him. He will have had to look at his game.
“What's nice is that Lancashire have backed him and played him.
“He would have gone through those first few games thinking 'do I need to play some more shots, have I got to score quicker?’ Then, suddenly you get that big score.
“One of his great strengths is temperament.”
As things stand, Hameed’s scoring rate at the crease means his game is only suitable for four-day cricket.
Moores, however, is confident that will change for a player whose success has been built around defence rather than attack.
"It's about being confident enough to play some shots without being ridiculous,” he said.
“You've still got to put the bowler under pressure, which he'll do. He backs his technique to bat time, which is so important.
“But as soon as you get the opportunity to put the pressure back on the bowler, that's what they need to do because batters are there to score runs.
"He's finding that balance. As he develops, he'll be looking at the other competitions and wondering whether there's a place for him.
“Although one-day cricket is very explosive, there is role for players who can rotate and get off strike. The explosive players can bat around them.”