Peter Moores: England coach a great man, says Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff and Peter Moores 2015
Flintoff played in 79 Tests, 141 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 internationals

England coach Peter Moores is a "great man" who "deserves better", says former national captain Andrew Flintoff.

Media reports claim Moores will be dismissedexternal-link when Andrew Strauss becomes England's director of cricket.

Flintoff, who played under Moores during the 52-year-old's first stint as England coach, wrote on Twitter:external-link "His agenda is England winning, he needs the players to hold up their end too."

Moores' side drew their recent Test series in the West Indies 1-1.

Former Lancashire all-rounder Flintoff, 37, said it was not Moores' fault England "underperformed", adding he hoped the reports about his sacking were not accurate.

Moores, reappointed England coach in April 2014, was in charge for a disastrous World Cup campaign, which saw them eliminated by Bangladesh.

He also oversaw the draw with a West Indies side labelled "mediocre" by incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves.

Former England batsman Nick Compton on TMS
"Peter Moores is an excellent coach, a good communicator, enthusiastic, a very driven individual and he works really hard. Andrew Strauss is a very cute thinker, a good decision-maker and will be very good for English cricket.
"It is tough for Peter. He's a good man and perhaps he would like a bit longer to prove he is the right man for the job. But Andrew has an ability to make tough decisions and he has been more of an authority in recent years behind the scenes."

Stand-in captain James Taylor said Moores was "positive and bubbly" during Friday's one-day international against Ireland, despite the speculation about his future.

Some reportsexternal-link on Saturday said Moores' dismissal would happen before the expected appointment of former England captain Strauss, who retired in 2012.

Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott wrote on Twitterexternal-link that ex-Lancashire coach Moores was "a nice man" but "out of his depth at international cricket".

Boycott also questionedexternal-link the selections and tactics of Moores and captain Alastair Cook during the recent series in the Caribbean, which concluded with a five-wicket defeat inside three days at Bridgetown.

Moores first led the national team between 2007 and 2009 but was sacked after being involved in a dispute with batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Peter Moores
Moores was in Dublin on Friday for England's ODI against Ireland, which was abandoned because of rain